Timeline: Dan Akerson's trash-talking and triumphs at the helm of GM

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson, who announced his retirement last week, drew headlines for his off-the-cuff slights on competitors and politicians as well for guiding the post-bankruptcy comeback the biggest U.S. automaker. Click through to read highlights of his tenure.

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Sept. 1, 2010 Akerson officially takes the reins at GM, less than a month after the surprise announcement by predecessor Ed Whitacre, pictured here, that he would be stepping down.