Daily Archives: June 9, 2009

John Gapper

As someone who generally believes in the separation of the chairman and chief executive roles at the top of big companies, I am encouraged by the emergence of Ed Whitacre, the former chairman and chief executive of AT&T, as chairman of the new General Motors.

The New GM board clearly needs to do a better job of management oversight than the old one did, since it took the US government to force GM into the kind of restructuring and slimming-down it had long needed to undertake. The old board was a very poor guardian of shareholders’ interests.