J. Christopher Preuss

J. Christopher Preuss

J. Christopher Preuss is the senior vice president of marketing and communications at Delphi Automotive, a position he has held since September 2014. He also serves as the chairperson of the Delphi Foundation. Christopher came to Delphi with more than 25 years of global communications experience as well as perspective gained from his role as president and CEO of OnStar — a leader in in-vehicle safety, security, communications and convenience services. Prior to joining Delphi, Christopher was head of communications for the Americas and Global Product at Ford Motor Company, a role he assumed shortly after leading a multi-agency team serving the global Ford accounts at WPP Group. Christopher’s career also includes more than 13 years at General Motors, where he held various leadership roles. In addition to leading OnStar, he also served as vice president of global communications where he was instrumental in managing the company’s transition out of bankruptcy. Before that he was GM’s vice president of European communications in Zurich, Switzerland. His time at GM also includes an assignment based in Washington DC and focused on various government and regulatory issues.

Continuing our series marking the Global Excellence Awards – an international celebration of the best in PR and communications hosted by Communication Director – we asked four jury members of the North American Excellence Awards to share their experiences of leading communications across the continent.

Between you, you represent decades of professional experience in corporate communications. During your careers, what have been some of the biggest developments in the way communicators work?


A water-cooler conversation with one of the auto industry's leading communicators


As a jury member for the North American Excellence Awards, what are some of the qualities you look out for in submitted projects?

The first thing I look at is whether or not something truly breaks new ground...