General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner speaks at an event hosted by The Commonwealth Club of California titled Can GM Really Be Green Motors?
General Motors will bring 16 new hybrids to market in the next few years, including a futuristic plug-in. Has the world's largest car maker turned the corner on climate change?
The Detroit automaker still doesn't like some of California's environmental laws, but it now recognizes that climate change is a real problem to be solved. The answer, Wagoner says, is to diversify fuel sources to include ethanol, hybrids and one day even hydrogen.
G. Richard Wagoner Jr.
G. Richard Wagoner Jr. has been Chairman of General Motors Corp., since May 1, 2003 and its Chief Executive Officer since June 1, 2000. Mr. Wagoner serves as Chief Executive Officer of General Motors North America. He joined General Motors Corporation in 1977.
Mr. Wagoner served as President of North American Operations of General Motors Corp. from April 2005 to July 1, 2006. Mr. Wagoner served as President of General Motors Corp., from 1998 to 2003, as Chief Operating Officer from 1998 to 2000 and as Executive Vice President and President GM's North American Operations from 1994 to 1998 and executive vice president and chief financial officer from 1992 to 1994 and also had responsibility for worldwide purchasing from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Wagoner was president and Managing Director of General Motors do Brasil (GMB) in 1991 and 1992. Prior to that, he was Vice President in charge of finance for General Motors Europe based in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1989 and 1990.
Mr. Wagoner began his GM career as an analyst in the Treasurer's Office in New York in 1977. After several promotions there, in 1981 he became treasurer of GMB in Sao Paulo. In 1984, he became Executive Director of finance for GMB. He moved to GM of Canada Limited in 1987 as Vice President and finance manager. In October 1988, he became group director, strategic business planning, for the former Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Group. He has been a Director of General Motors Corp., since 1998 and serves as a Director of General Motors Acceptance Corp. of Canada Ltd.
He also serves as a Director of General Motors Acceptance Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation, both are subsidiaries of General Motors Corporation. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Catalyst and Detroit Renaissance. Mr. Wagoner is a Member of the Boards of Trustees of Duke University and Detroit Country Day School and the Board of Dean's Advisors of the Harvard Business School; Member of The Business Council and The Business Roundtable.
Mr. Wagoner received a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University in 1975 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1977.