Henderson took control of GM in March 2009 and succeeded Rick Wagoner. Wagoner stepped down as CEO of the U.S. automaker at the request of the Obama administration as the automaker navigated the 2008 financial crisis and bankruptcy. Wagoner’s exit earned GM additional short-term funding from the U.S. government.
Henderson resigned the CEO position at GM in December 2009 after helping to guide the automaker through its government-led bankruptcy. His exit paved the way for Ed Whitacre to take over in January 2010 ahead of a permanent CEO replacement. Ultimately, that job went to Mary Barra.
At Ardient, Henderson will serve as interim CEO and succeeds R. Bruce McDonald, who is stepping down from his role as chairman and CEO effective immediately.