BREAKING: GM CEO Fritz Henderson resigns, Whitacre will serve as interim CEO

On the even of his keynote speech at the 2009 LA Auto Show and after just 8 months on the job, General Motors’ Fritz Henderson has resigned his position as CEO of the Detroit automaker.

“Fritz has done a remarkable job in leading the company through an unprecedented period of challenge and change,” GM Chairman Edward Whitacre said in a statement. “While momentum has been building over the past several months, all involved agree that changes needed to be made. To this end, I have taken over the role of Chairman and CEO while an international search for a new president and CEO begins immediately. With these new duties, I will begin working in the Renaissance Center headquarters on a daily basis. The leadership team ““ many who are with me today ““ are united and committed to the task at hand.”

Henderson, 51, replaced Rick Wagoner on March 29 after the former CEO was ousted by the Obama administration.

Who will make the keynote speech at the 2009 LA Auto Show tomorrow? We’ll let you know as soon as we find out.

– By: Omar Rana