By on December 2, 2009

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The departures from GM are piling up fast. After CEO Fritz Henderson was ousted yesterday, MarketWatch reports that Opel’s CFO Marco Molinari has left the firm. This completes a gutting of GM’s financial operations, that includes the departure of GM International CFO Joe Peter, and the any-day-now departure of GM CFO Ray Young. Like the GM mothership, Opel is now without a permanent CEO and CFO. GM CEO and Chairman Ed Whitacre has a ton of hiring to do, and fast.

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7 Comments on “Opel CFO Jumps Ship...”

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    If GM’s going to change, clearing out the upper end of the company is an absolute must. On both sides of the pond. GM tomorrow can not resemble GM of yesterday if they have aspirations to succeed. There are a lot of people out there looking for work, there must be some good people out there to plug in to these vacancies.

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    I haven’t met Big Ed Whitacre personally, but I did catch a speech he gave at Texas Lutheran in Seguin.  He didn’t come off as someone who I’d want to work under or with for that matter.  He struck me as rather tactless.
    GM was already bleeding talent due to the bankruptcy, I expect that trend to accelerate now that Big Ed is taking over the day to day running of what is left of GM.  Ed Whitacre’s ego and the remaining management at Opel will be an interesting mix.

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    Mulally is succeeding so far due to the sponsorship of Bill Ford and Bill letting go enough to let Mulally do what needs to be done.  Will Whitaker do the same?  Sounds unlikely.  Not that it matters as our Congress and President appear to be set on bailing out GM and its subsidiaries in perpetuity.

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    And in the engineering departments across the world, GM engineers are giving each other fist bumps and geeky hand shakes. 

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    The departures are the work of Ed Whitacre:

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    As lw suggested in Henderson thread, there’s bad news around the corner from GM.
    Opel might be about to cost GM much more than they’ve been saying, perhaps more like the amount Moodys came up with. Whitacre was told $3b, told Magna to get lost, and now the figure is $8b plus.

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