Dan Akerson, General Motors CEO

New General Motors CEO Dan Akerson's first bit of big news isn't exactly good news: paying back the taxpayer for loans during GM's dark days is going to take years. How many years remains uncertain, with Akerson saying the company's performance will be the test, since repaying the government in a lump sum would be "unrealistic." It helps that this news isn't exactly unexpected, and if we can take anything from Akerson's 15 days on the job, well, at least he's honest.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]