Commonwealth National Podcast

Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO, General Motors

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1:04:56
Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO, General Motors

Can GM Really Be Green Motors?


“We are looking forward to hearing what Rick Wagoner has to say on energy diversity and security,” comments Greg Dalton, Club VP and Director of The Club’s new Climate One Program, who orchestrated the program. “A lot of Californians want to know if US automakers are finally turning the corner on the role of cars as a major source of global warming.”


Wagoner has held numerous high level posts at General Motors. Before becoming its CEO and Chairman in 2003, he was president and chief executive officer of what? A division?. Prior to this, he was its executive vice president of North American operations and chief financial officer. In his early years at GM, Wagoner helped bring the company back from a $30 billion loss over a three year period in 90’s. He is GM’s youngest CEO in history and was named executive of the year by Automotive Industries in 2001. He landed his first job at GM straight out of Harvard Business School as an analyst in their treasury department.


Wagoner holds an economics degree from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience on May 1, 2008

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