The US government made an attempt to install Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn as CEO of General Motors during the height of the motor industry crisis last year.
This is one of several claims in a new book by former Wall Street private equity financier Steve Rattner – the man who co-ordinated the government bailout of GM and Chrysler.
He reveals several hitherto-unknown details about the period, including a plan by GM bosses to move away from their base in Detroit.
When Rick Wagoner quit as GM Chairman and CEO in early 2009, he was replaced in the hotseat by Fritz Henderson. According to Rattner, though, the government wanted Ghosn to take the role, and tried to lure him away from his current job in charge of Renault-Nissan.
The Frenchman is said to have reacted to the approach with “deft demurral”.
The other main point of interest to come from the book centres around GM’s headquarters in Detroit, which Henderson wanted the company to quit in favour of a technical centre in Warren, situated a few miles north of the main city.