Adnimation ATF





1 of 4 < >

CORVETTE TODAY #164 - My Trip To The Amelia Island Concours

In March of this year, your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, attended the unveiling of the three 1960 Cunningham Corvettes from Le Mans at the Amelia Island Concours. Steve recaps his weekend at Amelia Island and all the events that took place during the show!;
The Cunningham Corvettes were the hit of the entire weekend and you'll hear about the whole story on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY.
2 of 4 < >

Sigala Back As MECF Venodr

What is new? For MECF members, has developed a new customer communications system, trained more staff, and with some inducements is committed to providing your products along their stated completion timelines.
3 of 4 < >

CORVETTE TODAY #163 - Corvette News & Headlines, Late May 2023

Recognizing Memorial Day, there is still a lot of news coming out in the world of Corvette! Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger is back on the show with your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, to detail all the important things happening with America's Sports Car.;
Here are a few of the topics covered by Steve and Keith on this week's show:
1. Engineers are spotted in what we think is the C8 ZR1 prototype
2. We have two new E-Ray videos available
3. New Z06 allocations went out in the middle of this month (May 2023)
4. The National Corvette Museum names a new Marketing Director
5. Australia recalls the 2022 C8 Corvette for being too loud
6. Did GM's Instagram page give us a C9 Corvette preview?
4 of 4 < >

2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

2023 Corvette Brochure:
E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
See more
See less

Another Mary Barra Asset

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Another Mary Barra Asset

    While not just being a super-capable, super-strong, super-smart leader, Mary Barra has highly-involved and has a highly-involved Board of Directors, so instead of the two minds are better than one asset, she has the twelve (12) minds are better than one strength going for GM.

    Originally posted by DetroitFreePress
    Mary Barra says GM board is closely involved in day-to-day decisions

    Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 a.m. ET Jan. 17, 2019
    A top Wall Street analyst told General Motors CEO Mary Barra she was "kicking butt" on Wednesday at a conference for investment analysts in Detroit.

    He then asked her how much of GM's success had to do with the board of directors.

    Barra said GM's board is actively engaged in helping her run the company on a regular basis, something that's "pretty unusual," according to business experts.

    Barra said the board, consisting of a wide-ranging group of people including a Canadian, has a hand in all of GM's aggressive moves, from day-to-day market-moving decisions to bigger strategic moves to develop robot cars, electric vehicles and recent decisions that will include idling four GM factories in the United States and one, Oshawa Assembly, in Ontario. GM in the process will eliminate about half-a-dozen sedans from its offerings.

    Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of General Motors speaks before the General Motors shareholder's meeting at the Renaissance Center in Detroit on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Photo: Detroit Free Press)
    "It's a very involved board," said Barra. "We've got to face the brutal fact and understand what's happening and seize opportunities as opposed — and lead disruption instead of being disrupted. As we start to think of something new or we see an opportunity, we have a discussion. And then we'll bring it up again at the next board meeting; or if things are moving so quickly, we all jump on a call."

    But that close collaboration doesn't mean Barra is a weak CEO — quite the opposite, said a business management expert. She's sending a message to the UAW and other unions that everything she does, she does with the board's support, said Erik Gordon, professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor.
    "It’s a sign of competence because she doesn’t have to hide stuff from her board," said Gordon. "Nobody would say Mary is a weak leader. If she continues down this path she’ll be one of the legendary leaders in the car industry.”

    Barra made the comments during a the annual Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry conference in Detroit. CFO Dhivya Suryadevara also participated.

    Barra said GM is open to more partnerships similar to the one it has with Honda and SoftBank in developing self-driving cars in its GM Cruise unit. GM Cruise remains on track to launch a fleet of robot cars in a ride-sharing form in a major city this year, but GM must still figure out how to make that a viable business, she said.

    Finally, look for an all-electric vehicle future, said Barra, hinting that could include all-electric pickup trucks. A new GM?

    In a question-and-answer session, Morgan Stanley Analyst Adam Jonas said, "Investors come up to me all the time lately saying where (does) this come from? What GM is this? And it's not just great results. It's the actions you've taken very preeminently, getting out of Europe, having leadership in autonomous, restructuring from a time of strength."

    Jonas' swooning contradicts an investor note he issued last week where he had estimated GM's 2019 earnings will come in 30 percent below consensus and where he suggested a way the company could polish its image amid massive job cuts.

    "Several investors have asked us about the potential for a name change to accompany a radical strategic shift for the company," Jonas wrote in the Jan. 8 note. "We have no knowledge or strong opinion on a potential name change, but do not exclude the possibility of such an action being considered by GM's leadership to help foster perception and cultural change."

    Wednesday, after telling Barra that GM was "kicking butt," Jonas said he'd "be curious" to know the scope of GM's board involvement in the various moves Barra has made. Barra said GM's board involvement differentiates from most other automakers.

    "Our board is very engaged," said Barra. "It's very diverse. We have a very robust process where, every year, we look at what are the skill sets we need not for today but for the future. And that's what drives us as we do board refresh."

    While the role of a board of directors is formulating a corporate strategic plan and monitoring how the company does in executing the plan as well as being involved in the big strategic decisions that will change the shape of the company, "what boards do not do is get involved in the day-to-day management of a company. That’s what you hire Mary and her team to do," said Gordon.

    "The fact you can get them to just jump on the phone with you seems to be metaphorical," Gordon said. "She's saying, 'I have a great board that’s not asleep at the switch. And I have a great relationship with my board and these things I’m doing, I’m doing them with the full support of the board so, UAW or anybody else, if you don’t think I have the full support of the board, I have the full support of my board.” Diverse board

    The 12 board members have wide-ranging backgrounds, from government, education and national security to technology. GM is also one of the few companies to have gender equity on its board of directors, which is now composed of six men and six women.

    The board is also "fresh," said Barra. In June 2018, GM added Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay Inc., as a director. Then in October it elected Jami Miscik to its board. Miscik is an expert in global security and intelligence, having once served as the CIA's deputy director for intelligence. She currently serves as the CEO and vice chair of Kissinger Associates.

    More: GM's newest board member used to work for the CIA

    Given GM's recent harsh backlash by Canada's autoworkers' union, Unifor, against the carmaker's decision to shutter its factory in Oshawa and endanger 2,700 jobs, one of those board members is associated with Canada.

    Carol Stephenson, who's served on GM's board since 2009, served as dean of the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario from 2003 until her retirement in 2013. She was also CEO of Lucent Technologies Canada from 1999 to 2003. Safety over money — for now

    GM is determined to bring to market a fleet of self-driving cars in the form of ride-sharing this year. The key roadblock is safety, then figuring out a profitable business model for it, said Barra.

    "Our plan has not changed," said Barra, but she added it is taking considerable time for the robots to master the crowded and complex streets of San Francisco, where GM Cruise is developing the technology.
    A GM Cruise AV on the streets of San Fransisco in July 2018. (Photo: Stacey Randecker Bartlett, Special to the Free Press)
    GM's development of Super Cruise technology, a semi-autonomous, hands-free driving technology available on the 2018 Cadillac CT6, will prove to consumers that "that we had a priority of safety before we launched that," said Barra.

    The challenge GM faces is finding a profitable business model with its GM Cruise cars, said Barra.

    "Safe technology is what opens up a trillion-dollar market. So we're going to get the safety to a point that takes the human driver out and makes this safer than a human driver first," Barra said. "We're not looking at a quick path toward monetization."

    Barra said GM wants to develop the technology and gain leadership in autonomous vehicles to create shareholder value and then find a way to commercialize it.

    More: GM's year of transformation: More robot cars, fewer traditional jobs

    More: GM predicts a profitable 2019 based on company transformation

    To help pay for those development costs, GM is open to more partnerships similar to what it has with Honda and SoftBank Investments. Honda will contribute about $2 billion over 12 years to help develop the self-driving cars. It will also finance a $750-million equity investment in Cruise, bringing its total commitment to the project to $2.75 billion. SoftBank will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise.

    "We are more than willing to work with others if we got the right foundation...and it leads to synergies that create shareholder value," said Barra. Electric future

    Last week, GM forecast a robust year for its global car sales due to its emphasis on making new or redesigned SUVs and pickups to reflect consumers shifting tastes away from sedans. In the United States, GM said it will maintain sales momentum despite eliminating five or six sedans.

    Barra said cutting the sedans should not hurt GM's buyer loyalty.

    "Our experience is once somebody moves into a higher stance vehicle, they don't want to move back," Barra said.

    GM has designated Cadillac to be its vanguard for electric vehicles as GM develops a new EV platform capable of supporting all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive EVs.

    "Cadillac's been built on innovation and technology and if you look at what we're doing in China, we're working to build Cadillac back to what it should be there," Barra said.

    There is then the opportunity to roll EV technology to all GM's brands. When asked if that would include an electric pickup, Barra said, "We believe in an all-EV future. We haven't put a time (frame) into that because there's a lot that goes into that. I don't have anything to specifically announce right now, but given that we're committed to an all-EV future, I say stay tuned." Reliance on China

    In other product news, GM said it may not eliminate the Cadillac CT6 sedan despite announcing it will idle the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that builds the car.
    The 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport with a 550-horsepower twin-turbo V-8. (Photo: Cadillac)
    There are reports that GM might build the CT6 in China and import it after it ends production in Detroit, but a spokesman for Cadillac would not confirm that report.

    "We are looking at a variety of options. No decisions have been made," said Andrew Lipman, Cadillac's global communications director.

    While GM does look to rebuild Cadillac in China, it sees that market growing and feels good about its presence there, said Barra.

    "Over the next few years the market has potential to grow to 30 million" sold each year, said Barra, adding that Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac are all "strong brands" in China. GM has long-term strong partnerships in the market too, making it "well positioned for how that market will unfold."

    Deutsche Bank's chat with Barra and Suryadevara came as GM continues to face harsh backlash following its announcement Nov. 26 that it would idle Detroit-Hamtramck, Lordstown Assembly in Ohio and Oshawa Assembly in Ontario by the end of 2019. It said it would also close transmission plants in Warren and near Baltimore.

    The restructuring move means GM will eliminate the vehicles — all sedans — built at these plants: Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Cruze, Volt and Impala, and Buick LaCrosse. The Cadillac CT6's fate remains undecided.

    In all, about 6,500 hourly jobs are in danger, though Barra said that GM has a 2,700 openings in other plants in Flint; Spring Hill, Tennessee; and Arlington, Texas, where affected workers could transfer. She said about 700 hourly workers have been placed in other jobs. GM will also cut about 8,000 white-collar jobs in North America this month.

    Suryadevara said the actions will add up to $2.5 billion to GM's annual cost savings in 2019.

    Contact Jamie L. LaReau: 313-222-2149 or [email protected]
    2023 Z06: Elkhart Lake Blue, 2-tone blue interior, HTC, Standard Z06 with Z07 aero pkg, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, every visible carbon fiber option including wheels, Jake Design Pkg. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 25 year NCM members. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

  • #2
    "Mary Barra says GM board is closely involved in day-to-day decisions"

    Sounds like a pretty successful relationship unlike some companies you hear about that either have an "absentee" board or a "rubber stamp" board.


    • #3
      Gm s move away from being a car manufacturer is simply because wall strreets multiples on auto stocks are pathetic.

      technology like supercruise is so far above the comoetition including tesla that splitting off cruise automation and getting a honda buy in allows and signals that GM is no longer just a “car” company with lousey return on investment..

      the discussion of a name change even for GM was fascinating...

      the boards responsibility is to raisjng the value of the company...

      thinking outsode the box while still delivering excellence in transportation capabilities has been a Mary Barra milestone.

      just deliver our corvette c8 to us already and we re all behind you Mary! (Kidding)