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GM North America president to speak Nov. 6

Mon, 11/04/2013

LAWRENCE — A top executive with General Motors Co. will speak with University of Kansas students about product and career development at the School of Engineering early next month.

Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, will deliver the 2013 Distinguished Engineering Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Spahr Engineering Classroom, 2 Eaton Hall. Reuss has led GM North America since 2009 and is in charge of performance, manufacturing, portfolio and the dealer network. He began his career with GM as a mechanical engineering intern in 1983.

Using a fireside chat format, Reuss will discuss the importance of product in the automotive business and will provide career and leadership advice to students.

“I’m excited to visit Lawrence and look forward to an engaging dialogue with the students there about the future of engineering and the automotive industry,” Reuss said. “It’s always insightful for me to hear what’s on the minds of students as they prepare for their careers.”

Reuss is the latest in a string of successful auto executives to deliver the Distinguished Engineering Lecture. He joins KU School of Engineering alumni Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company president and CEO; and Bob Eaton, former chairman of the Chrysler Corporation.

“It’s an honor to welcome Mr. Reuss to the School of Engineering,” said Engineering Dean Michael Branicky. “He brings valuable insight from business, engineering and leadership that will help our students navigate successful careers.”

Robb Sorem, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will facilitate the discussion. The lecture is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited.

About General Motors Co.

General Motors Co. and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found online.



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