General Motors deserves credit for its plan to add 18 minority-owned dealerships by year end and for once again hiring diversity expert Weldon Latham.
GM currently has 201 minority-owned dealerships, including 36 stores owned by 32 black dealers. At GM, as well as automakers generally, black dealers represent the only category among minority stores that has had virtually no increase in numbers as sales have powered back since the recession.
But GM has shown that it has a plan, and it says it has 45 minority candidates under consideration. The company has added seven minority-owned stores this year.
Latham, a Washington lawyer, has been hired to look at GM's minority dealer program. It's the third time GM has hired the diversity specialist over the years; hasn't the company already learned everything that Latham can teach?
Maybe, but with the turnover in GM retail personnel in recent years -- both at headquarters and in the field -- Latham can offer advice to a new generation of GM executives.