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Nick Reilly to Run Vauxhall/Opel

Wed, 11 Nov 2009

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.  Reilly 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.  


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."        

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,


GM International Operations


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).


Reilly had served as GM group vice president and
president of GM Asia Pacific since July 1, 2006.


Reilly 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


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:  General Motors, one of the world’s
largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908.  With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 209,000
people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140
countries.  GM 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 and
Wuling.  GM’s largest national
market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, the United Kingdom,
Canada, Russia and Germany.  GM’s
OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and
information services.  General Motors
acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and
references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to
operations of the old General Motors Corporation.  More information on the new General Motors can be found at

In Europe, GM sells its vehicles in over 40
markets. It operates 10 vehicle-production and assembly facilities in seven
countries and employs about 50,000 people.


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