Tag Archives: GM

January 05

Women in the Auto Industry…and the World

Fired up by yesterday’s post, I went back through some of my prior posts on Mary Barra specifically and women in the auto industry generally, and came across a few oldies but goodies. Sharing the collection here for anyone interested: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Revolution – December 4, 2013 One Small Step for Woman – […]

January 04

Glass Ceiling: Smashed

As with everything other than work, I am behind in reading Automotive News, my weekly source of all things automotive. I just started on the November 9, 2015 edition, which includes a 128-page special section entitled 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry (shout-out to my friend Lisa Copeland for being included on this […]

September 02

GM Recall: the Ignition Switch

Ignition switch. The two words that cause heart palpitations and cold sweats among GM management, engineers and lawyers. The one small part that will ultimately cost GM over $9 billion. What is it, and what went wrong? The Valukas Report begins with the following sentence: “In the fall of 2002, General Motors personnel made a […]

August 30

GM Recall: My Article in Texas Lawyer

Excited to have been published in the most recent issue of Texas Lawyer, a weekly legal newspaper, on the topic of the General Motors recall and the Valukas report. My article is geared to an attorney audience and has some legalese, but it is mostly an overview of the findings in the Valukas report, so […]

August 24

GM Recall: the Valukas Report – What It Is (and What It Isn’t)

The “Valukas Report,” otherwise known as “Report to Board of Directors of General Motors Company Regarding Ignition Switch Recalls,” is a 325-page document (including the Table of Contents), with 1,356 footnotes and seven appendices.  It has been mentioned fairly frequently on the news and in Congressional hearings. As I wrote previously, I have read the […]

August 18

GM Recall: Cast of Characters

As promised, I am kicking off a series of posts on the General Motors ignition switch recall. You may have heard about that little recall – it’s been in the news just a bit. I’m skeptical of the news, myself, so when I heard GM had hired an outside attorney to conduct an internal investigation […]

August 13

New Gigs

Hey, race fans! I’m still here – really. Life stays busy, and then gets busier, so it’s hard to blog every day or every other day, like I have always tried to do. I’m not complaining – it’s good to be busy. But I didn’t forget about you! Other than real-life work, I’m up to […]

July 11

General Motors, the Fortress

Here is an interesting Part Two to my Alternate Mary Barra Interview. I merely intended to ask the questions. My dear friend, the brave, barnstorming Ashleigh Burroughs (my collaborator on Project Keychain), decided to actively try to get answers to my questions. So she tried to track down Mary Barra. Head over to her blog, the […]

July 08

The Alternate Mary Barra Interview

You may recall my recent annoyance with Matt Lauer’s sorry excuse for an “exclusive” interview with General Motors CEO Mary Barra. Barra doesn’t give many interviews, even to the local Detroit press, and Lauer completely muffed his opportunity to ask relevant, meaningful questions of one of the world’s most powerful women, at a crucial time […]

April 03

GM Recallgate

By now, you may have heard that small news item about the GM recall. A recall that is now quite massive in scale, and that was precipitated by a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. I had all sorts of things to say about Recallgate, […]

January 21

Do the Job You’re Doing

A little insight into GM’s new CEO, Mary Barra. And a useful perspective for all of us, no?   P.S. If, for any reason, you can’t see the embedded video above, click here.

January 15

Detroit Day 2 – Published!

I left Detroit today in a snow flurry, and returned to a big Texas full moon. Sometimes the best part of leaving is coming home. But enough sappiness. More importantly, my second story is up on Jean Knows Cars, along with a photo gallery! See it all here. I will be posting more on the […]

December 10

One Small Step for Woman…

Very excited to hear today that General Motors has appointed Mary Barra as its new CEO, effective early next year. Barra will be the first female CEO of a major car company. I was just complaining to Jean Knows Cars earlier this year about the dearth of women in the C-suite. Who knew GM would […]