• Mar 3, 2011
Jamie Hresko, head of General Motors Powertrain since June 2010, is stepping away in pursuit of other opportunities. While that's often code for "I was forced out, but we're keeping it quiet," the Detroit Free Press reports that a source close to the situation asserts that Hresko is leaving of his own accord. Hresko has been at GM for 28 years, spending time in roles ranging from managing the Orion Township assembly plant to overseeing global quality.
The suspicion that there's more going on beneath the surface stems from GM CEO Dan Akerson's recent personnel moves that shuffled Tom Stephens to the side and placed Mary Barra in the product operations role. There's also widespread belief that Akerson is pushing for unreasonable demands and, not being a "car guy," critics fear he doesn't have the ear for the car business. So far, nothing but the face value of the story has been confirmed, but tongues are wagging that there might be more to Hresko's departure than anyone's confirming.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Some of Akerson's comments and moves seem to indicate he is of the 80s bean-counter mindset that doomed GM in the 1st place. If he does not focus on the product, GM will fail.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too litlle, too late....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who?!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dan,

      Can you pleeeeease get AOL to give this site a posting engine that actually works? I'm tired of having to Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V everything, and having to re-post multiple times. And don't get me started on the "You did it!" emails that never show up in my inbox.

      Why can't we just log in and post, like on other blogs?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats true, there are bigots for all of them....But notice that I'm already voted down.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, so another GM lifer's out the door and everyone's of the opinion that it's Akerson's fault and he's an 80's bean counter when we have yet to see any of his work?

      He's made a single comment that's been taken out of proportions by the media and... Oh whatever.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Look, I want to believe in Akerson and I am willing to give him a chance, but in all that I've read about him and the comments he's made publicly, I just do not get an overall favorable impression about the guy. it's not just one comment here or there, it's the overall picture of this guy that's starting to come into view that has me worried.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love chaos at GM. Mainly because I dispise GM.

      They'll head right back down the road they were on 10 years ago shortly. It's only a matter of time. They still have Union's. They still have stale product. They still have no brand identity, and they still can't peak this enthusiast's interest.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So I would like to know:

        1)How do people vote down comments so fast. Are they clearing cookies and re-voting?

        2)It seems that if you make a comment against GM, someone always votes you down immediately. Call it an interesting observation....

        And yes I agree with the above comment, but I think they have a good product. The problem is culture. You can't offload poor culture in bankrupcy and it's quite often the hardest part to change about a company, let alone something like GM.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And that doesn't happen if you make ridiculous comments about Toyota?!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The bean counters destroyed GM. Just after Lutz was able to turn the tide it only took a matter of a few months after his departure to revert back to old ways.

      Lt. Dan smacks of old, stupid, GM. Cut the bottom line at all costs. GM is doomed if this idiot is allowed to continue.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is a highly coordinated attack on forums like Autoblog that has been going on for years. GM salespeople and union employees are roaming the forums like police shooting down any negative or anti0GM comments and going after fans of other makes.

      Do an internet search for "Sheth" or "1487" as I used to know him from GMI. There are others but it's way too easy to change or have multiple screen names. But they are on the Toyota boards, the Ford boards, the Honda boards, Edmunds, CarandDriver, MotorTrend, etc.

      And yes. I was once one of them. Made pretty good bonuses from the dealership that I worked for, always looking to get my PPD score up on boards as it paid that much more.

      Now that I quit that dealer, I see it's a waste of time trying to convince the 1% of the population who are car enthusiasts that the world revolves around Government Motors.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They've gotta figure out a way to get rid of "Lt. Dan" before he takes GM back to the 1980s. I could see him running the company off of the cliff. It's John Smale and Ron Zarella all over again. Unfortunately, the board of directors is clueless.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Given how fast Lt. Dan is getting rid of people who actually know something about cars, and replacing them with lightweight beancounting butt-kissers, I am far less sanguine about GM's chances going forward.

        I hope Hresko lands on his feet at a company which cares about engineering.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just exactly who were the dumbasses who voted to put this dumbass in charge ?
      For Pete's sake , will they ever learn anything ?
      Round & round they go !!
        • 3 Years Ago
        That would be our dear leader BHO. He is the one who forced Henderson out and put this idiot in charge.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What did it for me was when Akerson supposedly made the comment "cars are like a can of pop" or something along those lines. Something along the lines of "cars and this can of Coke are both consumer products, they are really no different".

      Yes, Dan, they are different - and if you were even remotely a car man, you'd understand that. And that is why you are not the right man to be running GM right now, if ever.

      Love or hate Bob Lutz, he is a car man, and that's what GM needs right now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly. Make Lutz the CEO, and have Dan serve as CFO. Bean counters make terrible CEOs. No vision, just cutting cost regardless of the impact.
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