Rush Enterprises has appointed Raymond J. Chess to its board of directors. Chess previously served as a global vehicle line executive for General Motors.

Rush operates the nation’s largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships.

With GM, Chess was responsible for global, cross functional general management of the GM crossover market segment from 2009 to 2012. From 2001 to 2009, Chess was responsible for GM’s commercial truck segment. 

Chess joined GM in 1980 and served in varying capacities, including vehicle line executive, vehicle line director, chief manufacturing engineer, and general superintendent for manufacturing engineering. 

Chess is currently a director of AMP Holdings, Inc. and sits on the advisory board of Productive Research LLC.

“We welcome Ray as the newest member of our board,” said W.M. “Rusty” Rush, chairman, CEO and president of Rush Enterprises. “Ray brings a wealth of leadership experience and knowledge of the commercial vehicle market. His manufacturer’s perspective on various issues will be highly beneficial to the company as we strive to maintain our position as the premier service provider to the commercial vehicle industry.”