Remembrances of Chuck Jordan, the ex-General Motors design chief who died this month, have focused on a long career of styling successes. But his influence also continues in the form of the executive who leads GM design today: Ed Welburn.
Jordan had an eye for talent and a knack for recruiting. In an interview on the occasion of GM's 100th anniversary two years ago, Welburn told us of the personal interest Jordan took in his budding career.
Welburn, who last week celebrated his 60th birthday, was a summer intern at GM in 1971, after his junior year at Howard University. In the 2008 interview, he said it was Jordan who brought him on board as a full-time employee.
Jordan and then-GM design boss Bill Mitchell "were running the place, but Chuck was very involved with the schools and the hiring, and at the end of that summer internship he told me immediately: 'Go back, finish your senior year at Howard and we'll hire you.' "