Since General Motors first announced the recall of 2.6 million of its small vehicles in February, many have speculated that the automaker’s former CEO, Dan Akerson, knew of the defect and the fiasco that would ensue as a result of it, leading the 65-year old to resign from his position earlier than expected. It’s easy to dismiss these rumors as crazy ideas thought up by even crazier conspiracy theorists, but as Autoline’s John McElroy points out in the video below, there may be some substance to the speculation.
When Dan Akerson first announced his retirement in December, he cited his wife’s late-stage cancer as the reason for his leaving. We don’t doubt this was a contributing factor to his decision, but Akerson was named Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of his old employer, Carlyle Group, on March 1. So Akerson doesn’t have time to be the CEO of GM, but he does have time to chair Carlyle Group?
There are a few more points contributing to the rumors that current CEO Mary Barra was thrown under the bus by the high-ranking executives at GM. McElroy goes over them briefly in the video below, so give it a watch and let us know what you think about the speculation in the comments.