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General Motors Co. product development chief Mark Reuss has been elected to serve a three-year term on The Henry Ford Board of Trustees.

Reuss, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, is the first employee from the Detroit-based automaker to serve on the board. He joins 20 other business and civic leaders from national and global organizations, according to the Dearborn history attraction.

"As a lifelong Detroiter, I know exactly how important The Henry Ford is to our community, and beyond," Reuss said in a statement. "It's a national treasure. I couldn't be happier to join its board of trustees and do what I can to help it continue to preserve, archive and encourage American innovation."

Reuss, 52, replaces Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Kughn Enterprises Richard Kughn who retired from the board.

The Henry Ford includes Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

Reuss, who started at GM as an intern in 1986, also serves a member of the Skillman Foundation Board of Trustees, the University of Michigan Ross School Of Business Advisory Board, the Cranbrook Schools Board of Trustees and the Horizons Upward Bound Board. He also serves on the Detroit Workforce Development Board and is vice chairman of the GM Foundation.

“Mark has spent his whole career fully dedicated to fueling the innovative spirit within the automotive industry,” said Patricia E. Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. “His passion and commitment for education are infectious and make him a natural fit for this institution. We look forward to working with him.”

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