When Bob Lutz graciously retired from The General earlier this year, the consensus was that the product-oriented car guy will be missed by all who knew (of) him. There were, however, a few unpopular rumors swirling around the dungeons of the Renaissance Center. Some of these suggested that Maximum Bob and GM’s new sheriff Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre didn’t get along, prompting Mr. Lutz to finally call it quits. It appears that these rumors are not accurate, since a very connected source has recently told us the following:
“Lutz and Whitacre are more alike than they are different. Saying that they disagreed on certain issues is rather out of context.”
Our source went on to explain that Lutz and Whitacre actually had completely different roles within General Motors. Lutz was always the go-to guy responsible for product decisions, even though his title may not have reflected this position. And as CEO, Whitacre is tasked with putting the right people in the right places within the company to engineer, design, market, and support said vehicles. As we have come to find out, Whitacre is also spearheading GM’s ever-looming IPO.
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