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
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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
Learn the local rules of business first and more practical advice on expanding your company's footprint in China, Japan and South Korea.
By Katherine Ryder, contributor
The future may well lie with the United States, as President Obama reiterated during his State of the Union speech earlier this week, but that doesn't change the fact that many U.S. executives are still grappling with how to do business with an empowered Asia.
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It's quite possible that the light that we are seeing at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train. True, at the parties I went to over the weekend a certain number of people were unemployed. This was in Northern California, which has been hit pretty hard in the tech sector and in real estate as well. But people were of pretty good cheer. Of course, they were drunk, MOREBing - May 4, 2009 9:16 AM ET
Word comes today that GM (GM) has offered the Government a majority stake in the Company as part of its restructuring plan. This was both expected and widely reported. What is less well known, however, is the creation of a new line of GM cars that has been designed, in large part, to sell the concept of Federal ownership to lawmakers. This blog has been leaked a highly confidential draft of MOREBing - Apr 28, 2009 2:23 PM ET
On April 1, Tim Geithner, speaking from the big G20 love fest, told Katie Couric that he would certainly consider replacing the CEOs of any bailed-out entity that the administration felt wasn't performing up to snuff. I don't think there's anybody out there who doesn't think that's a good idea. You take the money. You do the job. If you don't, so long Charley, right? Right.
This will undoubtedly leave a MOREBing - Apr 3, 2009 11:08 AM ET
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