It seems that every news report that involves the name "Opel
" is eventually followed by a report that says, "Uh, never mind." Executives fill positions, then they're gone, or they're supposed to fill positions but duck out before doing so
, five-year product offensives
turn into grabbing for life preservers
, and turnaround plans are followed by... new turnaround plans
. With the recent departure of Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke
, Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri
reported that Volvo
CEO Stefan Jacoby topped the list of candidates
to sit in Opel's
very hot seat.
spokesman Stefan Elfstrom has piped up to say "Mr. Jacoby is fully occupied with running Volvo and has no plan for leaving his present job." Stranger things have happened, though, and who knows what the truth is, but we have to admit we'd be surprised if Jacoby jumped off the Volvo express – recently given an $11-billion boost
by parent company Geely – to take his chances in the Opel maelstrom.
So Opel's search for a CEO continues. At least we have the Adam
to look forward to.