If you follow news and events surrounding GM and the American auto industry, youâ€™ll find it a highly readable interview, conducted during the Detroit Motor Show that runs from January 11-25.
It offers another dimension on the leader of a company seen by many as being at the heart of the present global financial crisis. The article sub-heading is â€œWhat is it like to be the chairman of General Motors?â€
The story also highlights one of the bread-and-butter aspects of public relations practice in getting senior corporate executives in front of influential mainstream media journalists.
Andrew Englishâ€™s story starts like this –
With two PR minders sitting comfortably, the six-foot four-inch chairman of the world’s largest car company is fussing around making me a drink. George Richard "Rick" Wagoner is like that. [â€¦]
and ends like this –
[â€¦] Mannered to the end as ever, Wagoner thanks me for coming, then turns to politely greet another party of journalists coming to tell him how to run his company.
Thatâ€™s what itâ€™s like to be the chairman of General Motors at the moment.