Daily Archives: January 25, 2010

John Gapper

This blog is about to change form for a week.

I’m in Davos with a group of FT writers including Gideon Rachman and Gillian Tett to cover the annual World Economic Forum. You will be able to read my posts about the event here along with those of other FT journalists and our guest bloggers. 

John Gapper

Ed Whitacre has solved the problem I noted last month of finding a chief executive who could work under him at General Motors – he has adopted the Dick Cheney tactic of appointing himself.

This solves one problem but it leaves me with an uneasy feeling about the way that Mr Whitacre, the former chairman and chief executive of AT&T who was appointed by the Obama administration to oversee its own investment in the restructured GM, has interpreted his mandate. 

John Gapper

Perhaps the auto industry can learn something from Steve Jobs, in addition to building pieces of technology that attract admiration and premium prices.

David Carr discusses in the New York Times this morning Apple’s ability to build suspense before one of its launches, typified by the commotion over the unveiling of its tablet on Wednesday.