Russell M. Clark
Director of Marketing
Chevrolet, Midsize and Performance Cars
Russ Clark was appointed Director of Marketing, Chevrolet Trucks in January 2014. He is also Chevrolet’s Director of Marketing for Midsize and Performance Cars and has had that role since April 2010.
Russ is responsible for product and marketing strategy and plans for Impala, Malibu, Camaro, Corvette, Equinox, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe and Traverse, including product launches and ongoing marketing efforts. Russ has an industrial administration degree from Kettering University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he received his M.B.A.
Chevrolet Full-Size SUVs
Mark Clawson has been the marketing manager for Chevrolet's full-size SUV's since October 2006. In this role, he is responsible for managing all marketing-related activities for the Tahoe, Suburban, and Traverse.
Clawson has been with GM since 1985 and has held positions in manufacturing, engineering, planning and marketing with Pontiac, International Export Sales, Cadillac and Chevrolet. He earned an industrial engineering degree from North Carolina State University and also graduated from Oakland University where he received his M.B.A.
Jeffrey O. Luke
Executive Chief Engineer
Global Full-size and Midsize Trucks
Jeffrey O. Luke was named executive chief engineer for global full-size and midsize trucks on Aug. 1, 2012, bringing more than 20 years of engineering experience to GM's next-generation full-size and midsize trucks.
Previously, he had been executive director, group vehicle line executive / vehicle chief engineer for global trucks, vans and crossovers, since 2010.
Before this assignment, Luke was global vehicle chief engineer for General Motors’ full-size trucks and vans, starting in September 2009. In this role, he was responsible for leading overall engineering execution to achieve segment-leading vehicle performance with world-class quality, reliability and durability.
Luke began his career with General Motors in 1986, assigned to the Scarborough Van Assembly Center as a co-op student attending GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Mich. He was hired full time in 1991 and held several positions in the plant until it closed in 1993. Luke was transferred to the Oshawa Truck Assembly Center, where he worked until 1995 as a general assembly process and tooling engineer.
Chief Marketing Officer Global Chevrolet and
Global GM Marketing Operations Leader
General Motors Company
Tim Mahoney was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer Global Chevrolet and Global GM Marketing Operations Leader in April 2013.
Tim has nearly 30 years of automotive industry marketing experience. His key responsibilities include Chevrolet Global Marketing, and to follow the initiatives to align and grow the brand globally, including the selection of Commonwealth, a newly formed global advertising agency, and the establishment of Chevrolet’s new global communications platform, Find New Roads. He is based at GM's global headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.
Tim began his Automotive career in 1984 with Subaru of America Inc., where he became Director of Marketing from 1995-1999. He became General Manager, Marketing 1999-2003.
In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President of Marketing, from the parent company, Porsche AG as the North American leader for the development of a 5 Year Strategic Plan, which examined 5 major aspects of the Porsche business in North America: sales potential/demand creation, brand management, customer retention, network/channel management, and measurement/controlling.
Tim returned to Subaru in 2006-2011 as the Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer for Subaru of America, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer. He was in charge of the following areas: Research and Planning, Marketing Communication, Corporate Communication, Product Management, and Customer Dealer Service.
From 2011-2013 Tim joined Volkswagen as the Chief Product and Marketing Officer, reporting directly to the President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Brand, responsible aligning the strategic direction of the brand’s product planning and promotional efforts in US.
Tim earned a Master degree in Business Administration in Marketing Management at Drexel University in 1983 and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts of Foreign Languages & International Studies from Newberry College in 1978.
He currently resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey with his wife and two grown children; they will be relocating to the greater Detroit area in the near future.
Lead Creative Designer
Full-Size Trucks and SUVs
Bryan Priebe believes that automotive design should be nothing less than transformative for consumers, who make a considerable investment each time they purchase a new vehicle.
"What I enjoy about design is how we can improve life by finding imperfections in everyday objects that we interact with … and make objects better through design, Priebe said. "Whether it's how a person interacts with it, or finding ways to improve manufacturing processes to help make a greener product."
That's no small feat, but Priebe, a lead creative designer fo General Motors' full-size trucks and SUVs, and his team are fully up to the task, particularly when it comes to re-imagining GM's fleet of large trucks and SUVs.
Priebe, started his GM career in 2000 after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a bachelor's degree in industrial design.
In his current role as lead creative designer for the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, Priebe worked with cross-functional groups like engineering and sculpting to establish the design theme for the revamped Tahoe and suburban.
That meant not only understanding the vehicles' history and heritage, but also connecting with what customers are looking for in the new versions.
"We really had to understand our customers first," he said. "We needed to know what they liked and didn't like about their vehicle and once we established that, we used this understanding as inspiration for our sketches and to develop the final theme direction."
The result, he said, is a new design that picks up where its predecessor left off.
"We created a bold design with higher quality materials, technology and a better sense of refinement. This helps us to continue to lead in our segment," he said.
Priebe said he spent his childhood drawing and fixing things, which led him naturally to an interest in automotive design. Even though he spends his days in the studio, he said his inspiration comes as much from nature and human interaction as it does from industrial design and architecture.
He said one challenge he and his team encountered while working on the Tahoe/Suburban redesign was incorporating the level of refinement customers have come to expect from the vehicles while keeping it affordable.
In the end, he said, he and his committed team were able to accomplish both in the form of a re-imagined vehicle that remains true to its own heritage.
That accomplishment, Priebe said, is the result of passion and enthusiasm for good design.
"This project is a great example of what happens when a team of talented & passionate designers, engineers and sculptors work together," he said. "It is because of everyone's dedication that we have a winning design."
Vehicle Performance Engineer
Michael Symons has had the role of Vehicle Performance Manager for GM's truck programs since February 2008. In this role, Symons manages a team of 40 engineers that are responsible for the performance integration testing for all truck programs.
Prior to leading the truck performance testing team, Symons served as the global platform Hummer H3 Program Engineering Manager where he oversaw a global team of engineers originating from South Africa and Brazil.
In his 25 year career with GM, Symons' has held roles in various engineering testing areas including the HVAC/engine cooling, powertrain, and noise and vibration teams and managed the Off-Road Racing Program through Team MacPherson Motorsports from July 1993- July 1997. Additionally, he served as the Group Manager for a team of 13 engineers and four support personnel at the Janesville, Wisconsin manufacturing facility.
Symons' began his full-time career with GM in 1988 as a test engineer after completing his bachelor's degree and gaining professional experience through General Motors Scholar and summer internship program for two and a half years.
Symons' received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1987. He also a certified Black Belt in Design for Six Sigma (DFSS); an industry certification focused on improving organizational success based on five leading issues in the service industry: customer satisfaction, cost reduction, value improvement, change management and process performance measurements.