After retiring next month, former General Motors Europe President Nick Reilly will transfer to Asia as an adviser. When interviewed by Automotive News Europe, Reilly said that several firms have asked him to be a member of their board, specifically companies who want an expansion in Asia. Reilly, who is now 61 years, had been a top GM official in Asia for several years before he was moved back to Europe to run Opel/Vauxhall when GM chose not to sell Opel/Vauxhall after the U.S. parent emerged from bankruptcy. He is credited for the turnaround of the former Daewoo Motors in Korea, which GM purchased in 2001.
He got a promotion to president of GM Asia Pacific. He then became the head of GM International Operations, which is based in Shanghai. Reilly supervised GM Europe's restructuring from 2009 until January when Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Strack became GM Europe president. Reilly’s career started in 1975 when he entered the former Detroit Diesel Allison Division in England. At some point in his career, he also served as the head of Vauxhall and GM Europe's sales and marketing chief.
He said that the most difficult period of his career was the discontinuance of car production at Vauxhall's Luton, UK, factory in 2000. He was confronted with the same decision once more in 2010 when he presided over the closure of Opel's factory in Antwerp, Belgium, under a restructuring that had eliminated 5,800 jobs and a fifth of GM's capacity in Europe. Reilly’s retirement from GM is in March. He said that he will move to Malaysia but he clarified that he won’t be working for Malaysian automaker Proton. No other details were given.