Mr. Reuss Recognized for his Professional Accomplishments and Philanthropic Commitments
WARRENDALE, Pa. (December 3, 2019) – SAE Foundation is proud to honor Mark Reuss, president of General Motors Company (GM), with the SAE Foundation Industry Leadership Award. Mr. Reuss is recognized for leading advancements in global automotive product development and engineering as well as his philanthropic commitments to revitalizing the Detroit metro area. He will be formally recognized by the SAE Foundation at the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration on May 14, 2020.
“Mark Reuss embodies the spirit of our Industry Leadership Award and we’re proud to honor him with this recognition. His enthusiasm and meaningful contributions to the mobility industry serve as an inspiration that our future leaders aspire to for years to come,” said Lori Gatmaitan, director of the SAE Foundation. “Not only has Mark made significant contributions to the mobility industry through his roles at General Motors, but he has also championed the development of the mobility community and future automotive engineers by spearheading events and creating student development programs for underserved youth in metro Detroit and Flint.”
Mr. Reuss leads GM’s regional operations, including North America, South America, China and General Motors International. In his role, he is leading the transformation of the company’s global product development workforce and processes to drive world-class advanced technologies engineering that improve quality and speed to market. As part of this transformation, Mr. Reuss is doubling the resources allocated to electric and autonomous vehicle programs in the next two years.
In addition to his career accomplishments at GM, the Industry Leadership Award recognizes Mr. Reuss for his deep commitment to revitalizing his hometown of Detroit through educational, community and philanthropic endeavors, including:
- In 2010, he spearheaded a $27.1 million grant to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to improve graduation rates at seven Detroit-area high schools.
- In 2013, he championed the GM Student Corps, a summer internship and career development program for underserved youth in metro Detroit and Flint, Mich.
- In 2013, he oversaw the purchase of the historic Durant-Dort Factory One, the birthplace of General Motors. After extensive renovations, Factory One reopened in 2017 as a modern, world-class facility that hosts events and holds the iconic Kettering University automotive archives.
- He was instrumental in bringing the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix back to Detroit’s Belle Isle Park. The event generates millions in economic impact for the region.
He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University and his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University.
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