Reilly to Lead Opel/Vauxhall Operations

Nick Reilly, (Upper photo left) 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, the succesor of Carl-Peter Forster (upper photo right) , who left the company,  commences.

Reilly, 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.      

 "As 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."     

Hans 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.

Nick Reilly

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 Mexico.    

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.

November 10, 2009