Amann Shifts Focus to Autonomous, Reuss Takes Over Cadillac Duties and More

Responsibilities are shifting slightly at GM’s highest levels, as Dan Ammann and Mark Reuss trade tasks to better focus their efforts.

 

Ammann will remain president, but will narrow his focus to the development of autonomous vehicles, while Reuss will pick up the responsibility of Cadillac and GM’s global portfolio.

 

Up until now, those had been Ammann’s responsibility, but now Steve Carlisle, recently installed president of Cadillac, and Sam Basile, who’s in charge of GM’s global portfolio planning, will both report to Reuss.

 

The move was announced internally on Wednesday, reports Automotive News, and follows a $2.25 billion investment from SoftBank for a nearly 20% stake in GM’s autonomous subsidiary, Cruise.

 

That puts the value of the subbrand, working to provide autonomous vehicles to ride sharing apps, somewhere around the $11 billion mark and goes some way to explaining why its worthy of so much of Ammann’s attention.

He will continue to be based in Detroit, but will spend more time at Cruise HQ in San Francisco. If GM decides to offer an IPO for Cruise, as it’s been reportedly considering, this would put Ammann in the best position to lead it.

[source: Automotive News]

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