General Motors has officially added a 13th seat to its board of directors just for Cynthia A. Telles. If you live in the greater L.A. area, there's a good chance that name sounds familiar. She spent a lengthy 13 years as a Los Angeles commissioner, and has background steeped in ethics and equality. But while you'd expect Telles to have some connection to manufacturing or the automotive industry, as far as we can tell, she doesn't.
Now that Saturn is tentatively going to Roger Penske, Stephen Girsky has got some free time on his hands. Girsky, who was one of Rick Wagoner's advisors for a brief time and recently helped GM select Penske as a buyer for Saturn, has been around the automotive block analyzing the industry for Morgan Stanley as well as working at Centerbridge Partners in recent years. His tenure with Centerbridge Partners was during the time that this equity concern was trying to snatch Chrysler from the clutches
According to the Detroit Free Press, General Motors interim chairman, Kent Kresa, has been asked by president Obama's administration to replenish the automaker's board with fresh blood. Kresa said that while the board did achieve "historic things" recently, like renegotiating the UAW pay scale, he also said that the board didn't fully comprehend the magnitude of the downturn.
Looking to further tighten up its hammerlock on General Motors, the UAW would reportedly like a seat on the automaker's board as a reward for helping it garner federal dollars. Marc McQuillen, president of UAW Local 2404 in Charlotte, North Carolina, has posted on his group's website that the suspension of the jobs bank and a two-year delay on automaker payments into the retiree healthcare fund are concessions enough for the UAW to seek a seat at the big table. We visited the website ourselves a