General Motors announces senior leadership appointments

Oct 31, 2019   People

General Motors announced a series of executive appointments, effective November 1, 2019.

Mark Reuss, who was named company president in January 2019, expands his role and will oversee the company’s regions: North America, South America, China and International. He continues to report to Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

“Our industry is transforming faster than at any time in its history,” said 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.”

Doug Parks, vice president of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs, is promoted to the role of executive vice president, 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.

Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain (pictured), is named senior vice president and president, 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.

"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 said. "He has an outstanding team in place that will keep this company moving forward."

According to Parks, “I am honoured 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.”

New appointments reporting to Parks:

  • Ken Morris, vice president, Global Product Programs, is named vice president, Autonomous and EV Programs
  • Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer, full-size trucks, is promoted to vice president, Global Product Programs
  • Shilpan Amin, executive director, interior and exterior, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, is promoted to vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

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