Forbes' Flint: "GM Has Some Great Executives"
Forbes' columnist Jerry Flint is at it again. This time 'round he's saying what he said l ast time 'round: the feds need to give Detroit a holiday from fuel economy and safety regs. While I approve of recycling in general, recycling the General's spin strikes me as a particularly inadvisable endeavor. By the same token, defending GM's management seems, well, indefensible. At first, at last, Flint seems to come to terms with GM suits' epic incompetence: "The record is not good. Since 1992, GM's U.S. market share has fallen steadily–from 34% that year to 19% in May. Many of GM's leading executives are from the finance side of the business, but the financial failures are numerous… What is more amazing is that GM management has survived relatively little criticism, as far as I can tell, from its board of directors or the press." The press being… Jerry Flint? Roger [and me] that. "I know many terrific GM executives, starting with Vice Chairman Robert Lutz, who are doing an outstanding job. The problem is that GM is running out of money and time. The decisions it makes over the next few quarters could be crucial to its survival. I worry whether GM has enough of the right leaders to steer the company through this crisis." File this one under too little, too late, too disconnected from reality to be believed.