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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2 Executives Leave G.M. After Wide-Ranging Recall

Corporate scapegoats do not solve the underlying issue of corporate fraud. Today's post was shared by The New York Times and comes from

DETROIT — In the first major shake-up of General Motors’ senior management since the company announced a wide-ranging recall in February, its chief spokesman and head Washington adviser, and its top human resources executive have left the company.

Selim Bingol, G.M.’s senior vice president for global communications and public policy, was part of the inner circle of Mary T. Barra, the automaker’s chief executive, handling strategy and the public response to the recall of nearly 2.6 million cars. The company announced his departure on Monday, along with that of Melissa Howell, senior vice president for global human resources. It did not say whether Mr. Bingol or Ms. Howell had resigned or if they were dismissed.

The departures are the first major executive changes under Ms. Barra, who took over in January.

Greg Martin, a company spokesman, said the departures were unrelated to the recall of Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other cars for defective ignition switches that are prone to turn off, shutting the engine and disabling the air bags. The company has linked the defect to 13 deaths.While Ms. Barra was expected to make management changes to reflect her strategic direction, the departures coincide with harsh criticism of how the company has handled the recalls.

Lawmakers have been particularly critical of Ms. Barra’s unwillingness to answer questions at congressional hearings on why G.M. waited more than a decade to address the...

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