GM’s Reuss enchanted by new position image

As the board of directors chose Mary Barra as the new CEO, General Motors North America President Mark Reuss could have threatened to leave the automaker, but instead he publicly supports his new assignment of product development leader.

In his first public appearance following last week’s announcement that he would succeed Barra as GM’s head of global product development, he told reporters he plans to stay at the company. Alan Batey, head of Chevrolet, will take over Reuss’ current job.

After announcing GM’s $1.3 billion investment in Flint, Detroit-Hamtramck and Romulus, Reuss described his new position as a “dream job.” Reuss told reporters that he met that day with Barra and her team, but that he doesn’t necessarily plan to make significant changes to the product development team, which has recently produced the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac ATS.

In an interview last week, Reuss also told reporters that Barra has a “very collaborative, empowering” leadership style. The two worked together early in their careers at an assembly plant in Pontiac.