Archives: December 2009

Whitacre names two new GM lobbyists, builds his team

Posted by: David Welch on December 30

General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre is putting his stamp all over the company. It hasn’t been a month since the board fired CEO Fritz Henderson and already...

A coup for Subaru

Posted by: David Welch on December 29

Well, it is the holiday season so I figured I would take a break from the woes at General Motors, Honda’s hybrid malaise and Toyota’s quality snafus to pen...

GM taps Microsoft's Liddell as CFO as the C-suite turns over

Posted by: David Welch on December 21

Maybe it’s not so hard to get talent to move to Detroit and work for General Motors. The auto giant hired erstwhile Microsoft CFO Christopher Liddell, 51, as its...

Saab dies--again.

Posted by: David Welch on December 18

Not far from my childhood home in Syracuse, N.Y. lives a family I have always called the “Saab people.” I never knew them but for as long as I can...

Plug-in Prius on sale in 2011

Posted by: David Welch on December 16

In less than two years, Toyota plans to sell a plug-in version of its popular Prius hybrid to consumers. The company will want to fend off challenges to its...

Lutz moves to an advisory role. But for how long?

Posted by: David Welch on December 11

Before General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre announced the shakeup in the company’s executive ranks on Dec. 4, the rumor mill was cranking out all kinds of possibilities...

More shakeup at GM. Chevy chief Dewar out.

Posted by: David Welch on December 09

Here goes the merry-go-round. Two more executives are heading out at General Motors. Chevrolet General Manager W.W. Brent Dewar is quitting his job, the company said. He will be...

GM fires CEO Henderson. The board wants an outsider.

Posted by: David Welch on December 01

The new General Motors Board has struck. CEO Fritz Henderson is out after six months on the job. Now the commentariat will start questioning whether it’s a fair decision....

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