Nick Reilly Named President GM Europe

"Totally Committed to the Future of Opel and Vauxhall"



Rüsselsheim.  Three weeks after he was requested to lead the Opel/Vauxhall restructuring efforts in Europe, Nick Reilly (59) was appointed today as the new President of GM Europe. Reilly's appointment is part of a number of leadership changes that were announced by Ed Whitacre, GM Chairman and CEO.

What was originally planned to be a medium-term assignment to lead the restructuring of Opel/Vauxhall, will now become his day job. "I'm extremely pleased to be able to lead Opel and Vauxhall through the current difficult times and into a sustainable future," said Reilly. "As a European, I'm totally committed to Opel/Vauxhall's future success. There are a lot of challenges ahead, and it won't be an easy ride, but I'm convinced that all ingredients are there to make it work."

"I'm leaving a fantastic job as President of GM International Operations - and I'm leaving Shanghai and the GMIO operations with very mixed feelings," he continued. "We created an outstanding business there with great people and great partners. Even while I will be based in Europe now, I'll keep in close contact with my many friends and the entire team there. I'm completely confident that GMIO is in great hands with Tim Lee. GMIO will continue to grow and will become even stronger in the many emerging markets where we do business."

Reilly returns to Europe after eight years in Asia. Initially, he took on the restructuring of the former GM Daewoo business and became President and Chief Executive Officer of GMDAT when the company was founded in October 2002. He then was named President of Asia Pacific operations, later President of GMIO. He started his GM career in 1975 with the former Detroit Diesel Allison Division in the UK and had several leadership positions in Belgium, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland - where he was vice president of Quality and Reliability for GM Europe - and again in the UK as Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors Ltd. He is a native of Wales and a graduate of Cambridge University.