An Icon for an Industry

Pages 12-15

Mark Reuss grew up in the auto industry. The son of a former GM president and a teenage intern at the Milford Proving Ground, he has served as the chairman of GM’s Australian operations, and since December 2009, president of General Motors North America.

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Producing Excellence

Page 6

What a difference five years makes. During the depths of the financial crisis of 2008- 09, who among us would have guessed that in less than five years the U.S.-based automotive industry would be again flirting with annual sales of 16 million units, making record profits and hiring up a storm of new talent? Not me, and I was in the middle of it.

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A New General

Page 10-11

As the January Detroiter went to press, General Motors announced that Mary Barra would succeed Dan Akerson as CEO, effective Jan. 15. The move not only marks the first time a female executive has broken through the glass ceiling to lead a major automaker, it reflects an important development for an industry fiercely competing for top-notch talent.

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Moving Forward

Page 38-39

Overall, I am very proud of the fact that OESA is now an established and respected industry institution representing the voice of suppliers and serving as a resource for suppliers to address their issues. OEMs recognize and respect OESA as a representative voice of suppliers and one that seeks positive solutions to industry issues. Suppliers look to OESA as a trusted, reliable resource to help address their issues.

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Building the Base

Page 39

As president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), Julie Fream has a clear vision of where she wants to take the organization. The crux of her plans includes building on the core foundation of OESA that has made the member-focused supplier organization successful for the past 15 years.

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A Matter of Time

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Once considered the stuff of fantasy, automobiles that drive themselves are fast becoming a reality and Michigan stands to play a major role in putting so-called autonomous vehicles on the world’s roadways as early as the next decade. “We are much closer than most people think,” said Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor.

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The Race is On

Page 18-19

Michigan could be a big winner in the drive to connected vehicles. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind test of connected vehicle technology on the streets of Ann Arbor to gather extensive data about system operability and its effectiveness at reducing crashes.

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