Mary Barra

THE GM RECALL

Barra creates new GM engineering team to improve vehicle safety

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors, fighting to bolster its reputation amid a recall crisis, has created a team of engineers aimed at improving vehicle safety, CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in New York. Touting a “new way of developing vehicles,” Barra said the new “global product integrity” team will “provide the highest levels of safety, quality, and customer service.”... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors.... Read More »

 

GM seeks new PR boss, replaces human resources chief

11:21 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
General Motors today said its public-relations chief is leaving and appointed a new head of human resources, with both moves effective immediately. A GM spokesman, Greg Martin, said the actions are not connected to the company's ongoing recall crisis, but rather a result of Mary Barra's appointment as CEO three months ago.... Read More »

 

Opel may break even before 2016, report says

April 14, 2014 15:34 CET
Opel may break even before its 2016 deadline, a report said, citing an interview with CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Where were Barra's PR, legal people?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The performance of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a seasoned Fortune 500 executive, during her congressional testimony was amazing.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number.... Read More »

 

U.S. senators ask Justice Department to intervene in GM litigation

11:24 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A group of senators today urged the Department of Justice to oppose any efforts by General Motors to skirt financial responsibility related to the company's failure to promptly recall vehicles with ignition switch problems linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Barra's job just got a lot harder

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Was last week's public grilling about a faulty ignition switch or about New GM vs. Old GM?... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM's debacle: A lesson for the auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Viewing last week's congressional hearings through the prism of history, you would get the impression that the industry hasn't progressed a millimeter on safety since Ralph Nader exposed the instability of the Chevy Corvair a half century ago.... Read More »

 

U.S. safety laws poised for revamp

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Capitol Hill's reaction to General Motors CEO Mary Barra's testimony last week sent a clear signal to Washington insiders: Congress is probably headed toward a round of reforms to U.S. laws and standards.... Read More »

 

Sen. McCaskill: GM ignition switch case could lead to criminal charges

3:26 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
GM should make restitution to victims' families and face criminal action if merited for the way it handled defective ignition switches that caused fatal auto accidents, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said on Sunday.... Read More »

 

Year of hope, promise veers badly off course for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Days after taking the top job at General Motors in mid-January, Mary Barra insisted there would be "no right or left turns" in the resurgent automaker's path. Instead, it has been a U-turn. GM's recall crisis has delivered a swift and dramatic jolt to a company that was in celebration mode just a few months ago.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Barra's role as change agent collides with 33 years as daughter of GM

6:37 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra presented herself as a change agent during congressional testimony this week. Senator Barbara Boxer wasn't buying. “I am very disappointed, really as a woman to woman, because the culture you're representing here today is the culture of the status quo,” said the California Democrat, who questioned Barra's ability to change a company that took a dozen years to address ignition switch flaws linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

GM recall becomes case study in how bad news gets to the CEO

6:26 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced incredulity from Washington lawmakers over a deadly flaw that by GM's account took more than a dozen years for the boss to hear about. Lawmakers asked Barra, head of the country's biggest automaker, why it took until 2014 for GM to recall some 2.6 million vehicles with a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when people inside the company had known about the flaw as early as 2001.... Read More »

 

Nader's advice for Barra: Create an ombudsman for engineers

4:16 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says General Motors CEO Mary Barra should create an independent ombudsman for engineers “who have been muzzled by their cost-concerned bosses.”... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Bailout task force unaware of GM faulty switches, report says

7:39 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The task force President Barack Obama set up to manage General Motors' bailout and bankruptcy in 2009 wasn't aware of the faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths in small cars, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

U.S. Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing

April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
A U.S. Senate panel raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Lawmakers want heads to roll, and won't excuse Barra

5:56 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Judging from the rough reception GM CEO Mary Barra encountered on Wednesday from the Senate Commerce Committee's consumer protection panel, it was clear that this is just the start of GM's reckoning on Capitol Hill.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing

11:27 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
A Senate panel today raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch, as GM CEO Mary Barra withstood a scolding from lawmakers flummoxed by a lack of answers.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

3 things the GM hearing exposed: Leaks, blurred lines and a media circus

9:13 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
If you boil it down, few new facts emerged from Tuesday's frenzied four-hour U.S. House hearing on GM's recall crisis, prompted by a faulty ignition switch the company has linked to dozens of crashes and at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM hires 9/11 victims' attorney Feinberg to aid recall response

12:40 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
General Motors has hired attorney Kenneth Feinberg to help the company evaluate how to handle its liability to families of victims of accidents involving cars that have been recalled for faulty ignition switches, GM CEO Mary Barra told a congressional panel today during 2 1/2 hours of testimony.... Read More »

 

Victims' families meet with Barra, call for legislation

8:04 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra held a tearful meeting in Washington late on Monday with about 20 relatives of people who died in GM vehicles that have been subject to recalls and investigations into faulty ignition switches.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Critical question went unasked by NHTSA, unanswered by GM

6:45 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
At this week's congressional hearings, watch for General Motors CEO Mary Barra to apologize deeply for her company's handling of deadly defects in its ignition switches. And watch for David Friedman, the nation's top auto-safety regulator, to make no apologies at all.... Read More »

 

Barra's message to Congress: 'I am deeply sorry'

2:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra will tell lawmakers investigating the botched handling of an ignition-switch defect that she is “deeply sorry” for the error and promises to be fully transparent once the company discovers what went wrong, according to prepared testimony released today.... Read More »

 

GM: Calls to customer service have doubled since recall

10:49 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Calls to a GM customer call center in Warren, Mich., have more than doubled during peak hours since the automaker recalled 1.6 million small cars with faulty ignition switches linked to a dozen deaths.... Read More »

 

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