SAE Convergence 2012

October 16-17, 2012

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cobo Center

Tuesday Keynote
New Connections: Electronic Innovation and Leadership

Mark L. Reuss Mr. Mark L. Reuss
President, General Motors North America
October 16, 2012
Riverview Ballroom

Mark Reuss discusses the future of connectivity and electrification in the automotive industry, and what it means for today, tomorrow, next week, and next century. He'll address how General Motors, the industry as a whole, government and the educational community can help and are helping to jumpstart the process.

The president of General Motors North America since 2009, Mark L. Reuss is responsible for GM's performance, manufacturing, portfolio and dealer network in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Before being named president, Reuss served as vice president of engineering, managed GM's operations in Australia and New Zealand, and was a member of the GM Asia Pacific Strategy Board.

Reuss is a mechanical engineer who began his career with GM as a student intern in 1983. He held numerous engineering and management positions with GM brands, including serving as chief engineer of GM's large luxury vehicles and manufacturing body shop tooling launches.

In 2001, Reuss created the GM Performance Division as executive director of Architecture Engineering and GM Performance Division. In this role, Reuss was also responsible for GM's racing vehicles including the V-Series Cadillacs and SS Chevrolets. In 2005, he was appointed executive director of GM's North America Vehicle Systems and Architecture, and one year later was named executive director of Global Vehicle Integration, Safety and Virtual Development.

Reuss holds a bachelor of engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration from Duke University. He is a certified industry pool test driver on the North Course of the Nurburgring Motorsport Racetrack in Germany, and he earned his license for Grand American Road Racing.

In November 2011, Reuss was elected to the ITT Exelis Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Cranbrook Schools Board of Trustees and the Cranbrook Horizons Upward Bound Advisory Board.

Reuss and his wife Kim are the parents of three children.