Ally Financial CEO Michael Carpenter would have a hard time with traditional GM corporate culture, where nobody makes waves. Carpenter, the former CEO of Citigroup's Global Corporate & Investment Bank, swaggered a bit in Ally's second quarter conference call on Aug. 3.
"Without Ally, there would not have been a recovery in the auto industry," he said. Sounding like former President George W. Bush, he invited competitors to "bring it on."
Carpenter forcefully declared Ally's independence from GM. But the feeling is mutual. GM is acquiring subprime lender AmeriCredit as the foundation of a new captive finance company.
GM sold a majority stake of GMAC (which became Ally) in 2006. But the former captive continued to mirror GM's buttoned-lip corporate culture. After seven months with Carpenter as Ally CEO, that's changing.
When Carpenter takes Ally public, will he say, "Mission accomplished?"