Editor's note: An earlier version of this column misspelled the surname of Cruise CEO Dan Ammann.
We know Carlos Tavares as the CEO of PSA Group, the French automaker that bought Opel from General Motors and is about to merge with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
What is less known is how he let the world know he was available for hire. In August 2013, when he was COO of Renault, he told a Bloomberg reporter that he would like to lead GM or Ford.
That apparently did not go over well at Renault, where Carlos Ghosn was firmly entrenched as chief executive. Two weeks later, Tavares was gone. By year's end, though, his strategy appeared to pay off. He landed a CEO job — not in Detroit but with another big automaker nonetheless: PSA.
That has to rank among the most unconventional paths to a coveted job this industry has ever seen.
But this month's announcement of Barry Engle's departure from GM also stands out among the curious cases.