To the Editor:
Regarding Edward Lapham's column "Roger and me: Exec welcomed young reporter" (Dec. 3), I am very happy Lapham had such a good experience with Roger Smith.
It is too bad that more of Smith's employees did not have such warm feelings about him. I worked for and left General Motors during the Roger Smith era. I don't think you will find many people other than GM executives that feel he advanced GM in the automotive industry.
His reorganization of GM weakened its technical position, as evidenced by the large number of highly experienced employees that chose to leave the company at that time.
His biggest accomplishment was giving himself a huge pension raise before he left. Perhaps if he had paid more attention to his employees and less to PR, things would have been different. But has anyone who came after him done any better based on market share and profit?