Quotes on the To do list of GM's next CEO

AP News
|
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 6:46 PM

_ "The board has been second guessing (Henderson) on what's the next priority. Is it pay back the government? Is it to do an IPO? ... Just get those things out of the picture. Concentrate on vehicle attractiveness and quality, safety, fuel economy _ the basic blocking and tackling of an automobile company." _ Gerald Meyers, University of Michigan business professor and former chairman of American Motors.

_ "Whitacre is really good at cracking the whip, but I think they need a coach, a little bit of a feel-good person that can come in and say, 'Look, I know this is traumatic, I know you've been through a lot, but let's get going.'" _ Rebecca Lindland, auto industry analyst for IHS-Global Insight.

_ "You're basically going in and sort of overturning the organization. It's going to be high-intensity stuff. You're talking a 24-7 schedule, constant meetings, very aggressive targets, bringing in new middle management, setting difficult goals, motivating them to achieve it." _ Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of Edmunds.com, an automotive research Web site.

_ "The most fundamental part of the business is working well. That means engineering, product development, manufacturing ... Keeping the momentum going on the product side is critical." _ Dave Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.