DETROIT (WXYZ) - When General Motors announced that Daniel Akerson would succeed Ed Whitacre as the company’s CEO, many asked, “Who’s that?”
Akerson will take over for Ed Whitacre who announced August 12 that he would step down on September 1, 2010.
Since July of 2009, Daniel Akerson served on the GM board of directors.
Wednesday, that board voted to make him the new General Motors CEO.
The incoming CEO is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a bachelor of science in engineering. He also has a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
Akerson comes from the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, where he was a managing director and the head of global buyout. He worked out of Washington, D.C.
In the past, he has held executive-level positions with General Instrument, MCI, Nextel, and XO Communications. He currently sits on the board at American Express.
In a press release from GM, Pat Russo, lead director on the GM board, said “Dan Akerson has been actively engaged in and supportive of the key decisions and changes made at the new GM. He brings broad business experience, decisive leadership, and continuity to this role.”
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