Frederic G. Donner
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in economics, worked briefly for a Chicago accounting firm, and then joined General Motors's New York staff as an accountant in 1926, and worked there for 32 years.
He became Assistant Treasurer in 1934 and in 1941, at 38, he became one of the youngest GM executives ever to reach a vice-presidency. In 1956 he was named executive vice president for finance. He served as an officer of General Motors from 1941 until 1958, when he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Donner presided over a major reorganization of GM’s Board of Directors to include more representation from outside the corporation. During his tenure GM achieved record sales and profits.
Donner was the author of The worldwide industrial enterprise; its challenge and promise.
- GM History page Archived 2009-03-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed May 19, 2009.
- Biography. Frederic G. Donner Papers 1921-1983 Finding Aid. Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Accessed May 19, 2009.
- Donner, F. The world-wide industrial enterprise; its challenge and promise. New York: McGraw Hill, 1967.
- Automotive Hall of Fame page. Accessed May 19, 2009.
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