Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with Ed Whitacre, former CEO, General Motors and AT&T, in conversation with James Flanigan, business columnist. Whitacre is author of American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM. Event was held March 14, 2013 at Gensler, downtown Los Angeles. For more on Live Talks Business Forums, visit: livetalksbusiness.com
The man who turned around GM explains why America is still a vital manufacturer–and what we can all learn from his experience
Ed Whitacre is a charismatic, no-nonsense Texan who fiercely believes that America can still manufacture products with substance. He’d spent his entire career in telecom, ultimately running AT&T, before President Obama pulled him out of retirement to run GM.
In his new book American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA and on his visit to Live Talks LA, Whitacre offers management insights from his long career, as well as prescriptive takeaways.
Before being pulled out of retirement to run GM by Obama, Ed Whitacre had spent his entire corporate career in the telecom business, where he ultimately ended up running AT&T.
He was chairman and CEO of AT&T from 2005-07, and was chairman and CEO of SBC Communications from 1990-2005.
James Flanigan is business columnist for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other publications, has covered national and international business and economics for 46 years. He has focused on every aspect of business and finance and examined in major articles the economies of countries stretching from Europe to Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
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