DETROIT -- General Motors product chief Mark Reuss will succeed Dan Ammann as president, the automaker said Thursday.
Reuss, 55, will assume responsibility for GM's quality organization in addition to leading its Global Product Group and Cadillac. The appointment is effective immediately, according to GM.
In November, GM said Ammann, 46, would step down from the role to lead the company's Cruise autonomous vehicle unit, effective Jan. 1. A replacement was not named.
Reuss, whose father, Lloyd Reuss, served as GM’s president from 1990-1992, described the appointment as “truly a great honor.”
The position’s responsibilities will be more product-focused for Reuss than they were for Ammann. GM CEO Mary Barra will retain direct responsibility over global regions and GM Financial, while GM CFO Dhivya Suryadevara will continue to oversee corporate development -- previously all responsibilities of Ammann.
Reuss added responsibilities for Cadillac and global portfolio planning from Ammann in June 2018. Since then, he has been restructuring and building an integrated product development team that will focus significantly more resources on autonomous and electrified vehicles -- particularly battery-electrics -- while streamlining GM's army of engineers.
Barra, 56, said Reuss’ appointment to president will continue to “strengthen” the automaker’s core business and “take advantage of growth opportunities and further define the future of personal mobility.”
“Mark has played a critical role in leading the development of the company’s award-winning vehicles while transitioning his team to prepare for growing electrification and autonomous technologies,” she said in a statement.
Reuss, a mechanical engineer and road racer, began his GM career as a student intern in 1983. The 35-year GM veteran has risen through the ranks to be one of the most well-known executives in the company -- particularly for his contributions to GM’s product portfolio and performance chops.
Previously, Reuss was executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain from 2013-2018. Before then, starting in 2009, Reuss was president of GM North America, responsible for the automaker’s performance, manufacturing, portfolio and dealer network. He also created and led the GM Performance Division in 2001 while serving as executive director of Architecture Engineering.
Reuss will continue to serve on the board of GM China’s joint venture, Shanghai General Motors Co. He also serves on several non-GM boards such as The Henry Ford and other Detroit-area philanthropic, business and educational organizations.