Claim to fame: Chief engineer for Chevrolet in the 1960s and general manager of GMC Truck and Coach and Pontiac in the 1970s
Years in the auto industry: 47
Retired: In 1986 as group vice president of GM's technical staffs
Now: Lives in Detroit area; restores vintage John Deere tractors
Quote: 'The board was farther away from the situation than they should have been. The understanding that we were being beaten took too long.'