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Bob Lutz pokes fun at Ed Whitacre's GM memoir

Any time Bob Lutz gets hired on for a gig putting pen to paper, we're for it. Case in hilarious point is this book review Lutz has penned for the readers of Forbes, wherein Maximum Bob gives good quote after good quote about Ed Whitacre's American Turnaround. Whitacre's book, you'll remember, focuses on the former Seyth Miersma

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American Turnaround

Ed Whitacre's Postcard From The Auto Bailout

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Read an excerpt from Whitacre's book about how he fired Henderson and why Akerson got the job

It is probably best just to play this down the middle and let you read the excerpt from American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA by Ed Whitacre. The author, you'll remember, was the former AT&T CEO who came out of retirement to

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Former CEO Whitacre says he blocked GM move out of Detroit

Former General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre has served up a few revelations about his time at the automaker in his new memoir, American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA. Among the choice tidbits is word that in August of 2009, Whitacre says he blocked a plan that would have seen GM workers ab

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Former CEO Whitacre urges Treasury to sell stake in General Motors

Former General Motors chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre is in the papers today, specifically the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal, espousing a strong belief that the U.S. Treasury should get out of GM's hair as quickly as possible. Whitacre's sentiments come, no doubt, as a response to

GM CEO Swap: Dan Akerson to replace Ed Whitacre on Sept. 1

During a conference call to discuss General Motors' second quarter earnings, Ed Whitacre announced that he will be stepping down from the position of CEO effective Septem

Report: Whitacre wants a flagship S-Class rival for Cadillac

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C/D: Cadillac to get new range-topping rear-wheel-drive flagship

According to Car and Driver's Jens Meiners, Cadillac is poised to get a new full-size, rear-wheel drive sedan to slot in above the forthcoming XTS – a model that itself will sit above the CTS when it bows to Chris Paukert

Report: Top GM execs awarded millions in stock ahead of IPO

It pays to be an executive for General Motors. Actually, scratch that... it will soon pay to be an executive with General Motors, assuming that the automaker's upcoming Initial Public Offering takes place according to plan. According to our friends at TheDetroitBureau.com, a dozen top officials at the company could be looking at

Report: GM considering getting back into auto-lending game

If General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre has a personal soundtrack, perhaps it's anything by the group Attack! Attack! While the world waits for news of GM's first real profits, the company head is staking out a potentially huge acquisition, that being the auto financing arm of Ally Bank, which was once GMAC.

GM CEO Whitacre paid for own charter flight to D.C.

Wednesday was a busy day for General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre by anyone's definition. He started the day with a trip to The General's Fairfax plant in Kansas to tell the world that GM was paying off the remaining $5.8 billion in government loans five years ahead of schedule and to announce a Chris Shunk

Report: GM CEO Whitacre still flies on AT&T jets equipped with golden parachutes

When U.S. domestic automakers were commuting back and forth between Detroit and Washington while begging for government funds in the fall of 2008, a big deal was made of the fact that their CEOs were traveling in private jets instead of driving company vehicles. The backlash from JetGate was substantial, as each automaker quickly ended the use of expensive airfare for corporate travel and sig

Autoblog Podcast #163 - Paukert Re-Redux

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Autoblog Podcast #162 - Paukert Redux

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GM hires ex-AT&T execs for lobbying efforts

While the job may not be popular at all in terms of public opinion, General Motors departing lobbyist Ken Cole has done a pretty good job of making the automaker a sympathetic figure for those inclined to bend rules and bail out poorly-managed behemoths. Sure, GM's stature in the public eye is still down there with big tobacco, but Cole managed to keep the automaker's relationship with governments around the world on a somewhat even keel. No mean feat when you consider how much divestiture under

Mulally and Whitacre gab on phone, what was said?

Word has it that Ford CEO Alan Mulally and the new interim CEO of General Motors, Ed Whitacre, had a phone conversation this week. This type of across-the-aisle conversation is not unusual, as Mulally himself placed a call to each of his competitors when he arrived in D-town from

REPORT: GM dealers opting out of 60 day satisfaction guarantee?

GM Chairman Ed Whitacre in GM's 60 Day Satisfaction Guaranteed ad