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General Motors

COMPANY

Founded 1908 by William C. Durant as a holding company for Buick. Filed and emerged from pre-planned Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2009.

Current vehicle nameplates include Buick (founded 1903, acquired by GM 1908), Cadillac (founded 1902, acquired 1909), Chevrolet (founded 1911, acquired 1917), Daewoo (founded 1937, acquired 2001), GMC (founded 1901 as Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, acquired 1909), Holden (founded 1856, acquired 1931), Opel (founded 1863, acquired 1929), and Vauxhill (founded 1857, acquired 1925).

Former marques include Geo (manufactured 1989-98), Hummer (manufactured 1992-2009), LaSalle (manufactured 1927-40), Oakland (founded 1907, acquired 1909, shuttered 1931), Oldsmobile (founded 1897, acquired 1908, shuttered 2004), Lotus (founded 1952, acquired 1983, sold 1993); Pontiac (manufactured 1926-2009), Saab (founded 1947, acquired 1989, sold 2010), Saturn (manufactured 1985-2009), and numerous others.

Subsidiaries include AC Delco and OnStar. Former subsidiaries include Frigidaire (founded 1916, acquired 1919, sold 1979).

Official Website:
http://www.gm.com/

Industry:
Automobile

Ticker:
NYSE:GM

Corporate headquarters:
Detroit, MI

Sales:
$185B (2003)

Employees:
326000 (2003)

EXECUTIVES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Daniel F. Akerson
Business
21-Oct-1948   CEO of General Motors
J. T. Battenberg III
Business
25-Apr-1943   CEO of Delphi, 1998-2005
Walter G. Borst
Business
c. 1963   Treasurer of General Motors
David Buick
Engineer
17-Sep-1854 6-Mar-1929 Designed the first Buick motorcars
Michael J. Burns
Business
c. 1953   CEO of Dana, 2004-08
Lewis B. Campbell
Business
1946   CEO of Textron
Andrew Card
Government
10-May-1947   White House Chief of Staff, 2001-06
Harlow Curtice
Business
15-Aug-1893 3-Nov-1962 President of General Motors, 1952-58
John DeLorean
Business
6-Jan-1925 19-Mar-2005 Automobile designer and entepreneur
John M. Devine
Business
13-May-1944   Vice Chairman of GM, 2001-06
Richard M. Donnelly
Business
c. 1942   Former President, GM Europe
Myra R. Drucker
Business
c. 1948   Former Chief Investment Officer, GM Trust Bank
William C. Durant
Business
8-Dec-1861 18-Mar-1947 Founder of General Motors
George C. Eads
Economist
20-Aug-1942   Council of Economic Advisers, 1979-81
Robert J. Eaton
Business
13-Feb-1940   CEO of Chrysler, 1993-98
John D. Finnegan
Business
31-Jan-1949   CEO of Chubb
Charles E. Golden
Business
c. 1946   CFO of Eli Lilly, 1996-2006
Thomas A. Gottschalk
Attorney
5-Jul-1942   General Counsel of General Motors, 1994-2006
Fritz Henderson
Business
29-Nov-1958   CEO of General Motors, 2009-10
Debra J. Kelly-Ennis
Business
c. 1957   Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo NA
Kirk Kerkorian
Business
6-Jun-1917   Las Vegas baron
Charles F. Kettering
Engineer
29-Aug-1876 25-Nov-1958 Invented the electric starter
Heidi Kunz
Business
c. 1955   CFO of Blue Shield of California
Mark R. LaNeve
Business
c. 1960   VP, General Motors
J. Michael Losh
Business
c. 1948   CFO of General Motors, 1994-2000
William J. Lovejoy
Business
c. 1941   Former VP at General Motors
John T. Montford
Politician
28-Jun-1943   Chancellor, Texas Tech University, 1996-2001
Thomas A. Murphy
Business
10-Dec-1915 18-Jan-2006 CEO of General Motors, 1974-80
Robert T. O'Connell
Business
c. 1938   CEO of GMAC, 1992-94
Rodney O'Neal
Business
c. 1954   CEO of Delphi
Harry J. Pearce
Business
20-Aug-1942   Vice Chairman of GM, 1996-2001
Eddie Rickenbacker
Aviator
8-Oct-1890 23-Jul-1973 Flying ace shot down 22 planes in WWI
Roy S. Roberts
Business
c. 1940   Former GM executive
Alfred P. Sloan
Business
23-May-1875 17-Feb-1966 Chairman of GM, 1937-56
E. Follin Smith
Business
c. 1959   Former EVP at Constellation Energy
John F. Smith, Jr.
Business
6-Apr-1938   CEO of General Motors, 1992-2000
Michael T. Smith
Business
5-Oct-1943   CEO of Hughes Electronics, 1997-2001
Roger Smith
Business
12-Jul-1925 29-Nov-2007 CEO of General Motors, 1980-90
Edward Stettinius, Jr.
Government
22-Oct-1900 31-Oct-1949 US Secretary of State, 1944-45
Rick Wagoner
Business
9-Feb-1953   CEO of General Motors, 2000-09
Ed Whitacre, Jr.
Business
4-Nov-1941   Chairman and CEO of General Motors, 2009-10
Marina v.N. Whitman
Economist
6-Mar-1935   Council of Economic Advisers, 1972-73
Charles E. Whittaker
Judge
22-Feb-1901 26-Nov-1973 US Supreme Court Justice, 1957-62
Charles E. Wilson
Government
18-Jul-1890 26-Sep-1961 US Secretary of Defense, 1953-57
Ray G. Young
Business
c. 1962   CFO of General Motors
Ronald L. Zarrella
Business
1949   CEO of Bausch & Lomb, 2001-08

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Daniel F. Akerson
Business
21-Oct-1948   CEO of General Motors
Percy N. Barnevik
Business
13-Feb-1941   CEO of ABB, 1988-96
Erskine Bowles
Government
8-Aug-1945   White House Chief of Staff, 1996-98
John H. Bryan
Business
5-Oct-1936   CEO of Sara Lee, 1975-2000
Armando M. Codina
Business
c. 1946   Founder of Codina Group
Erroll B. Davis, Jr.
Business
c. 1943   Chancellor, University System of Georgia
George M. C. Fisher
Business
c. 1940   CEO of Kodak, 1993-2000
Karen L. Katen
Business
1948   Senior Pfizer executive
Kent Kresa
Business
24-Mar-1938   CEO of Northrop Grumman, 1990-2003
Philip A. Laskawy
Business
1941   CEO of Ernst & Young, 1994-2001
Eckhard Pfeiffer
Business
20-Aug-1941   CEO of Compaq, 1991-99
Rick Wagoner
Business
9-Feb-1953   CEO of General Motors, 2000-09
Ed Whitacre, Jr.
Business
4-Nov-1941   Chairman and CEO of General Motors, 2009-10

PAST BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Anne L. Armstrong
Government
27-Dec-1927 30-Jul-2008 US Ambassador to the UK, 1976-77
Walter S. Carpenter, Jr.
Business
8-Jan-1888 1976 President of DuPont, 1940-48
Lewis W. Douglas
Politician
2-Jul-1894 7-Mar-1974 US Ambassador to the UK, 1947-50
Thomas E. Everhart
Physicist
15-Feb-1932   President of CalTech, 1987-97
Charles F. Kettering
Engineer
29-Aug-1876 25-Nov-1958 Invented the electric starter
Ellen J. Kullman
Business
1956   CEO of DuPont
Alan G. Lafley
Business
13-Jun-1947   CEO of Procter & Gamble, 2000-09
Ann Dore McLaughlin
Government
16-Nov-1941   US Secretary of Labor, 1987-89
Thomas A. Murphy
Business
10-Dec-1915 18-Jan-2006 CEO of General Motors, 1974-80
Harry J. Pearce
Business
20-Aug-1942   Vice Chairman of GM, 1996-2001
H. Ross Perot
Business
27-Jun-1930   Eccentric presidential candidate
John J. Raskob
Business
12-Mar-1879 14-Oct-1950 Built the Empire State Building
Alfred P. Sloan
Business
23-May-1875 17-Feb-1966 Chairman of GM, 1937-56
John F. Smith, Jr.
Business
6-Apr-1938   CEO of General Motors, 1992-2000
Roger Smith
Business
12-Jul-1925 29-Nov-2007 CEO of General Motors, 1980-90
Louis Wade Sullivan
Government
3-Nov-1933   US Secretary of HHS, 1989-93
Charles H. Townes
Physicist
28-Jul-1915   Invention of the maser and laser
Lloyd D. Ward
Business
c. 1948   CEO of Maytag, 1999-2000
Dennis Weatherstone
Business
29-Nov-1930 13-Jun-2008 CEO of JP Morgan, 1990-94
Jerry York
Business
22-Jun-1938 16-Mar-2010 CFO of IBM, 1993-95

NOTABLE EMPLOYEES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Louis Chevrolet
Auto Racing
25-Dec-1878 6-Jun-1941 Designed the first Chevrolet
Jerry Hirshberg
Designer
1939   Nissan's design chief, 1980-2000

EMPLOYMENT

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John M. Allison
Diplomat
7-Apr-1905 28-Oct-1978 US Ambassador to Japan, 1953-57
Joseph B. Anderson, Jr.
Business
c. 1943   TAG Holdings LLC
Ed Asner
Actor
15-Nov-1929   Lou Grant
James A. Barcia
Politician
25-Feb-1952   Congressman from Michigan, 1993-2003
Gordon L. Baum
Activist
1940   Council of Conservative Citizens
Nabih Berri
Politician
28-Jan-1938   Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament
Louis Chênevert
Business
c. 1958   President and COO of United Technologies
John Chisholm
Business
c. 1946   Chairman of QinetiQ
Gary L. Convis
Business
22-Sep-1942   Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky
Lane Dwinell
Politician
14-Nov-1906 27-Mar-1997 Governor of New Hampshire, 1955-59
Ivor J. Evans
Business
c. 1943   Vice Chairman of Union Pacific, 2004-05
Jack Fletcher
Photographer
1917 31-Dec-2003 National Geographic photographer
Larry Flynt
Business
1-Nov-1942   Publisher of HUSTLER
Dale W. Jorgenson
Economist
7-May-1933   Economist at Harvard
Richard Kovacevich
Business
30-Oct-1943   CEO of Wells Fargo, 1998-2007
Karl J. Krapek
Business
1948   COO of United Technologies, 1999-2002
Kathleen Ligocki
Business
c. 1956   CEO of Tower Automotive, 2003-07
Stephen Lynch
Politician
31-Mar-1955   Congressman, Massachusetts 9th
William P. Madar
Business
c. 1939   CEO of Nordson Corp., 1986-97
Thomas Midgley
Chemist
18-May-1889 2-Nov-1944 Ethyl gasoline, Freon
Ray Nagin
Politician
11-Jun-1956   Mayor of New Orleans, 2002-10
Stanley O'Neal
Business
7-Oct-1951   CEO of Merrill Lynch, 2002-07
Marissa T. Peterson
Business
c. 1961   Former EVP, Sun Microsystems
John C. Pope
Business
c. 1950   President and COO of United Airlines, 1992-94
Thomas G. Pownall
Business
20-Jan-1922 24-Jun-2005 CEO of Martin-Marietta, 1982-88
Timothy M. Ring
Business
c. 1957   CEO of C. R. Bard
Virginia M. Rometty
Business
c. 1958   CEO of IBM
Walter M. Rosebrough, Jr.
Business
c. 1954   CEO of Steris
Henry Spira
Activist
19-Jun-1927 12-Sep-1998 Animal rights activist
Harry Stonecipher
Business
16-May-1936   CEO of Boeing, 2003-05
Tracey T. Travis
Business
c. 1962   CFO of Polo Ralph Lauren
Jane L. Warner
Business
c. 1948   Illinois Tool Works executive

EXTRANEOUS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Anne L. Armstrong
Government
27-Dec-1927 30-Jul-2008 US Ambassador to the UK, 1976-77
W. Edwards Deming
Mathematician
14-Oct-1900 20-Dec-1993 Quality Control guru
Peter Drucker
Business
19-Nov-1909 11-Nov-2005 Management guru
Stephen J. Girsky
Business
c. 1962   Automotive analyst, Morgan Stanley
Frank Luntz
Pundit
23-Feb-1962   Republican pollster, strategist
James M. Moran
Business
8-Aug-1918 24-Apr-2007 JM Family Enterprises
Burton Richter
Physicist
22-Mar-1931   Co-Discoverer of J/psi meson
Marge Schott
Baseball
18-Aug-1928 2-Mar-2004 Owner, Cincinnati Reds

CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tiki Barber
Football
7-Apr-1975   Former New York Giants RB
Barry Coe
Actor
26-Nov-1934   Ben Gregory on Follow the Sun
Stephen Colbert
Comic
13-May-1964   The Colbert Report
Bob Dylan
Musician
24-May-1941   The Times They Are A-Changin'
Jeff Gordon
Auto Racing
4-Aug-1971   Four-time Winston Cup winner
Peter Graves
Actor
18-Mar-1926 14-Mar-2010 Mission: Impossible
Sean Hannity
TV Personality
30-Dec-1961   Hannity & Colmes
Steve Harvey
Comic
23-Nov-1956   The Steve Harvey Show
Dennis Miller
Comic
3-Nov-1953   SNL news anchor, born-again Republican
Erin Murphy
Actor
17-Jun-1964   Tabitha on Bewitched
Bill O'Reilly
Talk Show Host
10-Sep-1949   The O'Reilly Factor
Brian Posehn
Comic
6-Jul-1966   Mr. Show with Bob and David
Kelly Ripa
Actor
2-Oct-1970   Faith on Hope & Faith
Tiger Woods
Golf
30-Dec-1975   Greatest living golfer


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