GM President Reuss Expands Role as Automaker Announces Senior Leadership Changes

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced a series of executive appointments, including an expansion of Mark Reuss’ role as president, effective Friday, Nov. 1.
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Mark Reuss, Doug Parks, Steve Kiefer
GM has expanded Mark Reuss’ (left) role. Doug Parks (center) has been promoted to executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain, and Steve Kiefer (right) will become senior vice president and president of GM South America and International Operations.

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced a series of executive appointments, including an expansion of Mark Reuss’ role as president, effective Friday, Nov. 1.

Reuss, who became president in January, now will oversee all of GM’s operational regions: North America, South America, China, and International. He will continue to report to Mary Barra, GM’s chairman and CEO.

“Our industry is transforming faster than at any time in its history,” says Barra. “Aligning our regional operations under Mark will drive even greater collaboration and speed-to-market, and accelerate growth opportunities in our core business and in the future of mobility.”

Other moves include the promotion of Doug Parks, vice president of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs, to executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain. He will report to Reuss and join the company’s senior leadership team.

Parks has been in his current position since 2016. Previously, he had been vice president for global product programs. He has held a variety of engineering leadership positions since joining General Motors in 1984.

“I am thrilled to be able to hand over the keys to our Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply chain team to someone as talented and dedicated as Doug, who has been instrumental in leading the development of our electric and autonomous vehicle programs,” Reuss says. “He has an outstanding team in place that will keep this company moving forward.”

Parks says, “I am honored to lead our Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain team, and look forward to continuing the momentum already established by Mark and our exceptional lineup of vehicles.”

Steve Kiefer, currently senior vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, moves to senior vice president and president of GM South America and International Operations, reporting to Reuss. Carlos Zarlenga, president and managing director, GM South America, and Julian Blissett, senior vice president, International Operations, will report to Kiefer.

Also reporting to Reuss are:

  • Barry Engle, executive vice president and president, GM North America.
  • Matt Tsien, executive vice president and president, GM China.
  • Steve Carlisle, senior vice president and president, Global Cadillac.
  • Tony Francavilla, vice president, Global Quality and Operational Excellence.
  • Dave Kuhl, vice president, Global Portfolio Planning.
  • Michael Simcoe, vice president, Global Design.

New appointments reporting to Parks are:

  • Ken Morris, vice president of Autonomous and EV Programs.
  • Tim Herrick, vice president of Global Product Programs.
  • Shilpan Amin, vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

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