DETROIT – General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson shared work underway by the company to improve its profit margins at 2012 Annual Stockholders Meeting on Tuesday in Detroit.
He noted the gap in GM’s rankings this year on the Fortune 500 list between revenue and profits.
“GM was ranked No. 5 in revenue, but when it comes to profits GM ranked 20th. To be great, GM must close this gap by steadily improving our margins,” Akerson said. “It’s fundamental to earning a blue-chip multiple for GM stock, and ensure the company will be successful for generations, not just a few quarters or a few years.”
Highlights of Akerson’s prepared remarks included:
“These actions are a clear sign that GM is on the move once again,” Akerson said. “I know we can get the job done – and do it well – because the old internally focused, consensus-driven, and overly complicated GM is being reinvented brick by brick. We now have clarity of purpose backed by true accountability, and that’s part of a broad cultural change underway at GM.”
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