DETROIT -- Despite widespread criticism that General Motors Co.'s corporate culture is slow-moving and lacks accountability, interim CEO Ed Whitacre sees no problem.
"There's nothing wrong with the culture here. I know that word is used a lot, and I guess it's open to definition," he said at a meeting with reporters here last week.
Whitacre shuffled GM's top management Dec. 4, but brought in no talent from outside the company. In the most important job change, Mark Reuss, an engineer and GM lifer, became president of GM North America.
Whitacre praised the talent of his current staff.
"They burn with desire. They have a lot of enthusiasm. They're smart," he said. "They have the benefit of having a car background."
That's not to say, though, that a new CEO would not shake up GM's top management and try to change GM's culture.
Whitacre, who was appointed chairman by the Obama auto task force, doesn't want the CEO job permanently. He said he is looking for a strong leader from either inside or outside the company.
Said Whitacre: "A person that's a motivating, inspirational leader that's familiar with big companies -- manufacturing or industrial -- would be helpful."