Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Batey Replaces Reuss as GM's Top Man

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Batey Replaces Reuss as GM's Top Man

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Byline: NEW JOB: Alan Batey is the Chairman and Managing Director of Holden.

ALAN Batey, 46, has been named Chairman and Managing Director of Holden.

He will take up his new position on 1 September, 2009.

Mr Batey - currently Holden's executive director, sales, marketing and aftersales - succeeds Mark Reuss, 45, who has been appointed to a senior, as yet unnamed, product development role with General Motors based in the United States.

Mr Reuss has been Holden's chairman and managing director since February, 2008.

He was previously executive director of Global Vehicle Integration, Safety and Virtual Vehicle Development and has a GM career spanning back to 1983. Nick Reilly, GM executive vice-president and president of GM International Operations, paid tribute to Mr Reuss's leadership of Holden through a difficult period and said Mr Batey was an ideal appointment.

The Holden position was among changes announced by Mr Reilly, unveiling the new leadership structure for GM's international operations.

"Mark's leadership during what has been a tumultuous time for the auto industry, both in Australia and globally, has been outstanding," Mr Reilly said.

"At a time when the industry has been in crisis and where the parent company has been through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, Mark has championed the interests of Holden at every turn. …

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