The Chevy SSR design team
Here's a look at some of the key leaders of the SSR team. Over the course of the next few months, we'll profile more of the people making the Chevrolet SSR a reality.
Tom Wallace, GM midsize truck line executive
During the week, Tom Wallace works at GM's Product Development offices in Pontiac. Many weekends (and a few Friday afternoons) he works at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America, Grattan Raceway or just about any other racetrack in the Midwest. Tom is a SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) driver, racing his GT-1 class Camaro at major amateur racing events. Racing is a family affair for the Wallace clan; his sons are often in the pits and Tom's wife is a trained driver.
In between races, Tom leads the development of GM's midsize trucks -- including the new Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada, as well as the Chevy SSR.
Tom's GM career started in engineering and has never strayed away from product. He is one of the fathers of the Buick Grand National.
Russ Clark , SSR brand manager
Russ Clark is an expert on bringing hot, eagerly anticipated products to market. The Chevrolet SSR has just been added to Russ' existing responsibilities as Brand Manager for TrailBlazer, Chevrolet's newest SUV.
At work, Russ has held a number of key marketing and product planning positions at GM. In particular, Russ was a key leader in the creation of Saturn Corporation in the mid-1980s, and in the early 1990s he lead the development of the Opel Corsa and its derivatives, including the Tigra. Russ has been with Chevrolet since 1996, first as brand manager for the Blazer and later leading the successful launch of the all-new TrailBlazer in early-2001. Away from work, Russ is an avid skier and golfer, hobbies he most often enjoys with his wife and two teenage children.