Big management shake-ups at big companies yield winners and losers, and the losers can become candidates for top jobs at other automakers. So after last week's changes at General Motors, players in the Fantasy CEO Succession League have some new executives on which to speculate and place bets.
In August, Renault COO Carlos Tavares, Carlos Ghosn's No. 2, caused a stir by announcing he was ready to run an auto company and expressing interest in all the Detroit 3. Last month he joined PSA Peugeot Citroen and will become CEO by spring, replacing Philippe Varin, who is retiring.
So Tavares is off the table, but there's new speculation about Steve Girsky, GM's vice chairman, who will become a senior adviser until he leaves GM in April. Could the 51-year-old American, who has chaired GM's Opel unit in Germany, among other duties, become Sergio Marchionne's right-hand man either at Chrysler Group or at Chrysler-Fiat worldwide -- and contend for the CEO job post-Marchionne?
That's what the Italian rumor mill was churning out last week, even though Marchionne has said his successor will come from inside the company.
Let the fun and games continue.