GM's Steve Girsky, key adviser to CEOs, to retire from board

Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:30am EDT
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DETROIT, April 22 (Reuters) - Steve Girsky, the one-time Wall Street analyst who was instrumental in the emergence of General Motors Co from bankruptcy and the restructuring of the company after a 2009 government bailout, is retiring from the company's board of directors, GM said on Friday.

Girsky, 53, will not seek re-election to the GM board when the company holds its annual meeting in June, GM said in a statement.

"Steve brought to the company expertise and skills in a variety of important areas at a critical time in GM's history," said Chief Executive Mary Barra.

GM also announced that Jane Mendillo, 57, retired president and CEO of Harvard Management Co, has been nominated to stand for election to the GM board.

Girsky joined the board in July 2009 as the company emerged from a U.S. and Canadian taxpayer bailout and bankruptcy.

He was a key advisor to GM's chief executives since before the 2009 bankruptcy.

Girsky led restructuring efforts at Opel, GM's primary brand in Europe, and pushed GM executives to embrace investments in digital technology and mobile internet connectivity that the company has now made central to its product strategy.

In addition to being a board member, Girsky was GM vice chairman from March 2010 to January 2014, heading up GM's global strategy during that time.

He was the chairman of the Adam Opel AG supervisory board as GM struggled to bring Opel back to profitability at a time when some of his former counterparts on Wall Street thought GM should try to sell the brand.   Continued...