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Rick Wagoner

Rick WagonerAKA G. Richard Wagoner, Jr.

Born: 9-Feb-1953
Birthplace: Wilmington, DE [1]

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CEO of General Motors, 2000-09

Started work for GM as an analyst in their New York office. In the 1990s he resuscitated GM's Brazilian operations, and headed North American Operations (NAO) from 1994. Under his watch, GM suffered from a number of strikes, including a particularly damaging one in 1998, costing the company $2B in profits that year. He succeeded John F. Smith Jr. as CEO in 2000. As CEO, he dropped the long-lived Oldsmobile as a brand, the final car rolling off the assembly line in 2004.


[1] Raised in Richmond, VA.

    University: BA Economics, Duke University (1975)
    University: MBA, Harvard Business School (1977)
    Administrator: Trustee, Duke University
    Administrator: Board of Dean's Advisors, Harvard Business School

    General Motors CEO (2000-09)
    General Motors President (2000-08)
    General Motors CFO (1992-2000)
    Member of the Board of General Motors (1998-, as Chairman, 2003-)
    Ashcroft 2000
    The Business Council
    Business Roundtable
    Catalyst Board of Directors
    Council on Competitiveness
    Detroit Renaissance Board of Directors
    Friends of Newt Gingrich

Appears on the cover of:
Business Week, 1-Feb-1999, DETAILS: Reviving GM, BYLINE: Kathleen Kerwin, with Joann Muller


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