Rumor: GM Eyeing Apple Exec For Its New CEO?

January 4, 2010
Tim Cook

Tim Cook

On Christmas Eve, we reported that General Motors had just hired Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell to be its new chief financial officer, and that he was rumored to be in the running for the CEO desk. Now, some new and intriguing chatter says that GM may in fact be looking to one of Microsoft's biggest rivals -- Apple -- to fill the CEO spot: according to BusinessInsider, GM is taking a close look at Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook.

The anonymous tipster had this to say: "[Interim GM CEO Edward E. Whitacre] wants the [CEO] candidate to come from a company known for operational excellence, innovation and customer satisfaction and in addition he is looking for someone that has turnaround experience." That pretty well sums up Cook, who's been second-in-command at Apple for some time, and even served as CEO during Steve Jobs' recent illness. And we know that former AT&T CEO Whitacre would like the guy because Cook was apparently one of the chief bargainers responsible for the iPhone/AT&T exclusivity contract.

At the moment, this is all just unsubstantiated gossip, but it would certainly make things interesting -- as long as Cook didn't bring too much of that Apple-think to the table.


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