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USA: GM CEO wants to speed up change

Dan Akerson is hardly a corporate diplomat.

The chairman and chief executive at General Motors Co. says publicly what other CEOs say in private: he disses competitors’ cars and laments his company’s lumbering bureaucracy. He’s told reporters that Ford should “sprinkle holy water” on its troubled Lincoln luxury brand, and has called Toyota’s Prius hybrid a “geek-mobile.” His candor often rattles the nerves of GM’s public relations staff.

And you know what makes him really mad?

“There is a resistance to change,” at GM, Akerson recently told The Associated Press.

By all accounts, though, the auto giant is moving at a faster pace under his leadership as he tries to overcome the resistance.

Akerson is not the first to complain about GM’s bureaucracy. But for the first time in years, the automaker has somebody at the top with an outsider’s vision and a will to make changes to keep profits flowing and return the company to the glory years of a generation ago.



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