|Born||October 11, 1930|
|Known for||Chairman, British Leyland (1977-82)|
Sir Michael Edwardes (born 11 October 1930) is a South African business executive.
Edwardes matriculated from St. Andrew's College in 1947 before graduating from Rhodes University. He began his career in 1951 with the Chloride Group. He went on in 1966 to serve as the general manager of Alkaline Batteries, one of the company's subsidiaries.
In 1977 he was appointed as chief executive of the United Kingdom's ailing motor giant, British Leyland, and within two weeks he became chairman as the company's board was 'pruned' from 13 to 7 members. In 1979 he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
The next year, in 1980 he attracted criticism for a speech to the CBI Conference in which he said, "If the Cabinet do not have the wit and imagination to reconcile our industrial needs with the fact of North Sea oil, they would do better to leave the bloody stuff in the ground."
His tenure with British Leyland lasted until 1982, when he was replaced by Harold Musgrove.
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