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by Karl Peskett

In one of the shortest tenures in Holden’s history, Chris Gubbey has been replaced as GM Holden’s Chairman, and Managing Director.

 

Nothing untoward here, as Gubbey has been appointed GME Vice President and Managing Director, GM Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Stepping into the new role is 44-year-old Mark L. Reuss, Executive Director of Global Vehicle Systems and Integration. Reuss (above) has been named GM Asia Pacific vice president, and Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden.

Nick Reilly, GM Group Vice President and President of GM Asia Pacific, had this to say:

“This is a fairly unusual move for GM. As a general rule, GM doesn’t move executives after such a short time, especially in such an important market as Australia, but Chris’ unique expertise in working within partnerships and in developing countries made him the ideal candidate to grow GM’s business in Russia at this critical time. Mark is the ideal replacement for Chris. His extensive leadership experience, as well as his product engineering and manufacturing knowledge, will be hugely beneficial to GM Holden. His previous work on global programs and systems integration are very appropriate for Holden’s future.”

Mr Reuss’s 25 year stint with GM has seen him responsible for GM’s production studios, Executive Director, Architecture Engineering and GM Performance Division, and Executive Director, North American Vehicle Systems and Architecture.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1986, and Masters in Business Administration from Duke University in 1990. He is a certified Industry Pool test driver on the North Course of the famed Nurburgring and has earned his license for Grand American Road Racing.

Mark Reuss begins his role at Holden from 1st Feb 2008.