What's Good for General Motors...

Will the departure of Rick Wagoner make a difference?


Like all editors in the automotive and trucking business, I typically hear from my marketing and public relations friends at General Motors fairly regularly, but lately the giant has been eerily quiet... I'm sure they have more important things to worry about these days. The news this week that the Obama administration had sought--and received--the removal of Rick Wagoner as CEO of GM, must have come as quite a shock to rank and file GM employees. It's too early to say what this change might accomplish, but I think it can be argued that after 30 years at GM, Wagoner may have outstayed his welcome. Who knows, maybe it will even be worth the reported $23 million payoff Wagoner is receiving from GM to get someone new at the helm.