General Motors Co., grappling with the recall of a record 11.2 million vehicles in the U.S. this year including cars linked to the deaths of 13 people, announced a familiar a name to head its public-relations department: Tony Cervone, a former GM PR executive.
Dan Akerson, who became chief executive officer at General Motors Co. in 2010, gives himself a “B” for his performance so far. He has too much work to do to think about retiring for at least another year or two, he said.
The Motor City was the car capital of the world when David Cole graduated from a Detroit high school in 1955 and headed off to college to study auto engineering. Six decades later, the “motor” has mostly moved out, he said.
Mark Reuss remembers the day, 20 years ago, when his father’s career was blindsided. Reuss had a tuxedo hanging in his car to wear that night to a long-planned event honoring his father’s 35-year career at General Motors Corp. when his mother called.
General Motors Co.’s new Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra moved to put more of her team in place with the automaker revealing the departure of two senior executives, including its top spokesman, as the company faces mounting pressure over its slow recall of 2.59 million vehicles linked to the deaths of at least 13 people.