WASHINGTON - Bill Noack, who for much of the past quarter century was the face of General Motors in the nation's capital, has retired after 37 years with the automaker.
Noack, 60, plans to continue being involved with automotive issues and clients through his own Washington consulting firm, Noack & Associates.
GM has not named a replacement. Noack's last position was general director of public policy communications in the Washington office.
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, a former GM vice president, said of Noack at a retirement reception: "I have the benefit of his advice and counsel, even now."
Steve Harris, GM vice president for communications, quipped: "In the grand tradition of General Motors, Bill is already serving as a consultant to GM, and we're paying him more now than we ever did."
Noack is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he was a 6-foot-8 center on the basketball team. He joined GM in 1965 and worked in New York and Brussels before coming to Washington in 1978.