When General Motors announced Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell’s resignation earlier this month, it raised our eyebrows. The man was a part of General Motors for barely a year, yet most of the automotive news community, including us, were under the impression that he was in it for the long haul. And so was Liddell.
According to sources, what has come up that led to Liddell’s sudden resignation was Dan Akerson’s decision to appoint Tim Lee to the yet-to-be created position of Chief Operations Officer, instead of Liddell, who vocally established to Akerson his desire to be COO. As a result, Liddell walked away from the company. Again, this is according to unnamed sources, who also point out that a COO position is on the way.
With the sudden (if not suspicious) resignations of other high ranking GM officials such as Jamie Hresko, it does bring up several questions regarding Akerson’s leadership capability and synergy with several of The General’s longtime cast members. Chances are that Liddell will not be the last official who suddenly leaves General Motors while Akerson is around.