Cadillac has a new boss internally at its parent company, General Motors, with the automaker’s product chief, Mark Reuss, becoming its superintended.
Whereas ex-Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen reported directly to GM President Daniel Ammann, the luxury brand’s recently-appointed President, Stephen Carlisle, will now report directly to Reuss, who in turn reports into GM CEO and Chairman, Mary Barra.
The move was reportedly made in order to better align Cadillac to the executives’ areas of focus, with Ammann shifting his attention to GM’s self-driving car efforts. Meanwhile, Reuss – who heads up the global GM department responsible design, engineering, safety, quality, research and development, advanced vehicle technology and management, sees his title changed from executive vice president, global product development, to executive vice president and president, global product group and Cadillac.In effect, Reuss remains in charge of product while adding the responsibility of Cadillac vehicles, while Ammann remains President of General Motors, a unique role within GM (similar to that of COO/chief operations officer within other organizations), while also becoming more rooted in the automaker’s autonomous vehicle strategy.
Both Reuss and Ammann will remain in Detroit, but Ammann will spend more time in San Francisco to work with Cruise Automation, an autonomous driving company whose acquisition he spearheaded. We would imagine that, as part of the re-alignment, Reuss will spend more time in New York, where Cadillac is headquartered.