Whitacre: GM still has a lot of fat that needs to be cut

In his new book, former General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre said that the company was one of the most poorly managed companies when he took control in 2009. He stated that current CEO was not a fan of GM or its cars when he took the steering wheel over from Whitacre.

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Whitacre, 70, who became chairman of GM in the summer of 2009, blames the company’s woes prior to its 2009 bankruptcy and restructuring on management. Whitacre replaced nearly all the top executives at the company during his term and says that the company “still has a lot of fat that needs to be cut,” in his new book, “American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA.”

Whitacre siad he stepped down in August 2010 because he couldn’t commit to staying two years after GM’s IPO. During a board meeting, Akerson “basically volunteered to do the job,” Whitacre says in his book.

“Dan was pretty vocal during the executive session. Said he thought GM was one of the worst companies he’d come across in his entire life. And he was not a fan of GM cars — he made that crystal clear.”

Well, he seems to be doing a great job now.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews


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