Reuss, Emerson join Skillman Board of Trustees

DETROIT – The Skillman Foundation today made clear its commitment to impactful work that drives innovation and gets results with the appointment of two Detroit business sector leaders to its Board of Trustees: Mark Reuss, executive vice president, global product development, purchasing and supply chain at General Motors; and Bill Emerson, CEO of Quicken Loans.

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Mark Reuss

“We are thrilled and honored to add these two men to our board,” said President & CEO Tonya Allen. “They are seminal leaders in two of Detroit’s most influential corporate corners. Along with their impressive business expertise and a wealth of knowledge about driving change, they each bring a clear passion for Detroit and its children that makes them the right fit for our organization.”

The Skillman Foundation is a private foundation dedicating to improving life for Detroit’s children. Its Trustees are elected by the full board and serve a three-year term. The board appointments are effective immediately.

Reuss is a Detroit-area native and mechanical engineer who began his career with GM as a student intern in 1983. He has held numerous engineering and management positions with GM, including serving as chief engineer of GM’s large luxury vehicles and manufacturing body shop tooling launches. He also served as GM’s vice president of engineering after spending two years overseas as vice president and managing director of Australia and New Zealand.

Reuss created and led the GM Performance Division in 2001 while serving as executive director of Architecture Engineering. In 2005, he was appointed executive director of GM’s North America Vehicle Systems and Architecture, and one year later was named executive director of Global Vehicle Integration, Safety and Virtual Development. From 2009-2013, Reuss was president of General Motors North America, leading GM’s performance, manufacturing, portfolio and dealer network in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In his current role, he is responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of General Motors vehicles around the world and is a member of the GM Executive Leadership Team, as well as a member of the Opel Supervisory Board and the board of Shanghai General Motors (SGM).

Reuss is a member of the ITT Exelis Board of Directors. He also is on the advisory board of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, a member of the Cranbrook Schools Board of Trustees, the Cranbrook Horizons Upward Bound Advisory Board, and Vice Chairman of the GM Foundation.

He holds a bachelor of engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration from Duke University.


Bill Emerson

Emerson joined Quicken Loans in 1993 as a mortgage banker and has served as its CEO since 2002. In his role, he is responsible for the leadership and growth of Quicken Loans, which employs more than 10,000 people and closed a record $80 billion in home loan volume in 2013. Previously, Emerson led several business units at Quicken Loans as well as led mortgage operations for the company, where he was responsible for driving performance within Quicken Loans’ businesses.

Emerson is also a member of the Board of Directors of Xenith, Inc., the Detroit Economic Club, and the Detroit Parade Company.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Penn State, where he was a member of the University’s 1982 national championship football team.

“With these two men lending us their perspective and commitment,” Allen said, “we believe we are better positioned than ever to achieve our mission and goal to see meaningful graduation rates in the city of Detroit improve.”

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Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development.