Edward Whitacre Jr. - new GM Chairman isn't really a car guy

Posted on Monday, 15 June 2009 , 10:06:41 byEmil

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Edward Whitacre Jr. - new GM Chairman isn't really a car guy

'I don’t know anything about cars'. Those are the words of recently-appointed Edward Whitacre, Jr. as General Motors Chairman when he was asked what he's feeling about this challenge, charged with the infusing new life into GM. 'A business is a business, and I think I can learn about cars. I’m not that old, and I think the business principles are the same'.

The ex chief of AT&T has one former General Motors bigwig (at least) on his side. A former General Motors engineer, Jim Hall and a 2953 principal Analytics now said: 'He was one of the guys who helped create a new AT&T that wasn’t so dependent on land-line phone service. There’s a parallel with General Motors. GM is not now about just making cars. It’s about re-creating itself as a 21st-century car company. They have to have somebody at the top that understands they have to make a new GM'.

For the General Motors sake, let's hope Edward Whitacre, Jr. can take care of everything. Judging from all his actions, it is safe to say he might be just the right person for this.