Days after General Motors went bankrupt, former AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre took over as chairman. He found a company paralyzed by old ways and seemingly unable to change. Inside his fight to get GM moving again.
FORTUNE -- General motors filed for Chapter 11 on June 1, 2009. Eight days later the White House announced that Ed Whitacre would serve as chairman. He had to learn the business fast; six months MOREJan 23, 2013 5:00 AM ET
By Alex Taylor
FORTUNE -- On Friday afternoons, a group of top GM (GM) executives and engineers leave headquarters in downtown Detroit and heads for GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich. for "knothole drives." Originated by Mark Reuss, head of GM's North American operations, the drives allow the executives to test new vehicles -- along with their competitors -- in successive stages of development and offer an assessment. The drives act MOREDec 17, 2012 5:00 AM ET
GM and Chrysler's backlash against the Romney campaign is almost unheard of within the ranks of the Fortune 100. Is this a sign of corporate political activity to come?
By Anne VanderMey, reporter
FORTUNE -- In an election season that's given voters many firsts, we can add public sniping and fact-checking by blue-chip companies to the list.
Last week's dustup between the Romney camp and Detroit automakers started with what seemed like MORENov 6, 2012 12:15 PM ET
How VW shucked off its provincial ways and became a global powerhouse.
By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Every three months a team of top executives from Volkswagen Group boards a plane at headquarters in northern Germany and flies 1,000 miles southeast to a secret location near Barcelona to review the design of proposed new models under the shimmering Mediterranean light. Although the break from Wolfsburg's climate is welcome, MOREJul 10, 2012 5:00 AM ET
General Motors' chief on courting consumers and getting the iconic automaker on track again
By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Dan Akerson's first job in the auto industry is his current one, CEO of General Motors (GM). A telecom executive who had run Nextel, XO Communications, and General Instrument, he had joined Carlyle Group, the giant private equity firm based in Washington, D.C. His career took an unexpected turn when MOREMay 31, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Popular business books often exaggerate what case studies can actually teach us, and when the evidence is shaky, the advice is suspect. By Michael E. RaynorJan 30, 2012 11:46 AM ET
It's a challenge to convince an employee to take a buyout even in a decent economic climate. Within Detroit's auto industry, much of the responsibility has fallen on the UAW. By Shelley DuBoisOct 25, 2011 10:48 AM ET
While performance bonuses do not make sense for every industry, there are a host of reasons why it adds up for manufacturers like Detroit's Big 3. By Shelley DuBoisOct 7, 2011 11:33 AM ET
GM CEO Dan Akerson recently asked his top execs to think like the competition and exploit GM's Achilles' heels. More companies should be following suit. By Shelley DuBoisJul 6, 2011 1:04 PM ET
By Doron Levin, contributor
Everyone knows how Ford hocked the Blue Oval to survive the downturn. No one remembers the CFO who did it was a holdover from the prior regime.
FORTUNE -- Amid the adulation that has engulfed CEO Alan Mulally for leading the remarkable turnaround at Ford Motor Co., the feat of one key Ford (F) finance executive recedes into history's footnotes. The underappreciated episode was critical to Ford's rebound MOREMay 25, 2011 11:24 AM ET
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