DETROIT -- General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says things have "settled down" following the frequent executive turnover that marked the first several months of his tenure.
"We're now settling in as a team," Akerson, 63, said in an Oct. 13 interview with Automotive News. "We know one another. We trust one another. Communications are much better than they were."
The executive churn has slowed since a flurry of changes in the first six months after Akerson's arrival in September 2010.
-- In December 2010, Akerson elevated Joel Ewanick, 51, from U.S. vice president of marketing to global marketing chief. Ewanick has since shuffled his marketing team several times.
-- In January, Akerson named Mary Barra, 49, a former GM human resources vice president and manufacturing-engineering executive, to be head of global product development. She replaced Tom Stephens, who became GM's global chief technology officer.
-- In March, Jamie Hresko, GM's global powertrain chief, left.
-- Also in March, former CFO Chris Liddell, 53, who joined GM in late 2009 from Microsoft Corp., resigned and was replaced by CFO Dan Ammann, 39.
Akerson, known as a no-nonsense CEO who expects quick results, said some executive shakeup after he got the top job was natural because GM was just 14 months removed from bankruptcy.
"The turmoil of post-bankruptcy is kind of settling into a more reasonable cadence," Akerson said. Now his team is more aware of "what's expected and when."