November 10, 2009
DETROIT – Nick Reilly, GM executive vice president and president, GM International Operations
, will immediately assume responsibility for the operations of Opel/Vauxhall Europe
while an external search for a new CEO
commences, it was announced today.
, with extensive prior experience in Europe
with the Opel and Vauxhall brands
, will support the European leadership team in running the business and will oversee the creation of a strategy to position Opel/Vauxhall
for long-term success.
D. Nick Reilly - GM Executive Vice President, President, GM International Operations
maintains overall direction of GM's International Operations
based in Shanghai, China
, but day-to-day operations of the various international subsidiaries in his organization will be handled by the respective country managing directors while he serves in Europe
"As we announced last Tuesday, Opel/Vauxhall will remain a fully integrated member of the New GM family, a decision that is in the best interests of Opel/Vauxhall, its customers, employees, other stakeholders and GM,” said Fritz Henderson, GM president and CEO
. “With his deep experience with the Opel and Vauxhall brands, Nick is well suited to lead this transition and to work toward the earliest possible normalization of the business."
Hans Demant, GM Europe vice president Engineering, managing director Adam Opel GmbH
, retains his role leading the Opel Management Board
and will work with Reilly
in the transition.
Biography of David N. (Nick) Reilly
GM Executive Vice President,
President, GM International Operations
D. Nick Reilly
was appointed GM executive vice president and president of GM International Operations (GMIO), effective July 10, 2009.
Based in Shanghai, China, he is also chairman of both the GM Daewoo Auto and Technology Company (GMDAT) and Shanghai GM (SGM).
had served as GM group vice president and president of GM Asia Pacific since July 1, 2006.
began his GM career in 1975 with the former Detroit Diesel Allison Division in the United Kingdom.
From 1978 to 1984, he held various assignments with General Motors in Belgium, the United States, and Mexico.
Returning to England, he moved to Vauxhall Motors as general operations manager, aftersales. He later held the post of Vauxhall supply manager and was appointed a director of the company in 1986.
In 1987, Reilly was named vice president of operations and a member of the board of directors of GM's IBC vehicle joint venture with Isuzu in Luton, England.
In 1990, he was appointed director of manufacturing at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant.
Four years later, he became vice president of quality and reliability for General Motors Europe in Zurich, Switzerland, and a member of the GM Europe Strategy Board.
He returned to the U.K. in 1996 as chairman and managing director of Vauxhall and, in 1997, was named a GM vice president.
In 2001, Reilly returned to Zurich, Switzerland, as vice president of sales, marketing, and aftersales for GM Europe, from where he transferred to Korea to lead GM's transition team in the formation of GM Daewoo, beginning in January 2002.
He assumed the duties of president and chief executive officer of GMDAT upon the company's founding in October 2002.
A native of the United Kingdom, Reilly is a graduate of Cambridge University.
In 2000, he was appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his contribution to the U.K. automotive industry.
He has advised the U.K. government in the fields of vocational training and integrated transport.
He received the Global CEO Grand Prize 2006 from the Korean Academy of International Business.
Reilly serves as deputy chairman of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC), is past chairman of the U.S. National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (NCAPEC), and is a member of the U.S. APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
About General Motors
, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908.
With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM
people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries.
and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries
, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall
’s largest national market is the United States
, followed by China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia
subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.
acquired operations from General Motors Corporation
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Frederick (Fritz) A. Henderson
GM President and Chief Executive Officer
Frederick (Fritz) A. Henderson
Frederick (Fritz) A. Henderson, GM president and CEO
was elected GM president and chief executive officer and a director of the company, effective March 29, 2009.
He had been GM president and chief operating officer since March 3, 2008.
He was vice chairman and chief financial officer from January 1, 2006, to March 2, 2008.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, on November 29, 1958, Henderson earned a bachelor of business administration degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 1980, with an emphasis in accounting and finance.
He was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team in 1978-1979.
He also received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1984, where he graduated as a George F. Baker Scholar.
Henderson started his career at General Motors in 1984 as a senior analyst in the Treasurer's office in New York.
After holding a variety of financial assignments, he was transferred to GMAC in 1989 as director of mortgage banking.
He was promoted to several positions of increasing responsibility until becoming GMAC group vice president of finance in Detroit in 1992.
In 1994, he was appointed executive in charge of operations for the former Automotive Components Group in Pontiac, Michigan, and then became a GM vice president and general manager of Delphi Saginaw in May 1996.
From 1997 to 2000, Henderson was GM vice president and managing director of GM do Brasil with responsibilities for GM operations in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
In June 2000, Henderson was named group vice president and president of GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East (LAAM) headquartered in Florida, and in January 2002, he moved to Singapore as president of GM Asia Pacific.
In 2004, Henderson assumed responsibility for GM's European operations as GM group vice president and chairman of GM Europe, based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Prior to graduate school, Henderson was a certified public accountant, working for PriceWaterhouse in Detroit, Michigan.
He received the William A. Paton Award for achieving the highest score in Michigan on the May 1980 CPA examination; he also received the Elijah Watt Sells Award for attaining one of the top 100 scores in the U.S.
Henderson serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.