Frederick Henderson

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Frederick Henderson
Frederick Arthur Henderson

(1958-11-29) November 29, 1958 (age 62)
Other namesFritz
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Harvard Business School
OccupationSVP, Sunoco, Inc., Chairman, CEO SunCoke Energy
PredecessorRick Wagoner
SuccessorEdward Whitacre, Jr.
Spouse(s)Karen Lucht Henderson
ChildrenSarah, Emily

Frederick Arthur "Fritz" Henderson (born November 29, 1958) was President and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors. Prior to his appointment as CEO on March 31, 2009, Henderson was the Vice President of General Motors and has been with the company since 1984. Frederick Henderson resigned as the CEO of General Motors on December 1, 2009.

He replaced Rick Wagoner as CEO of GM when Wagoner stepped down after serving in that position for eight years, at the request of President Barack Obama[1] in relation to the General Motors Chapter 11 reorganization. Henderson assumed the new position on March 31, 2009.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Henderson was born in Detroit, Michigan. Henderson is a 1976 graduate of Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. During his time at Michigan, Henderson pitched for the University of Michigan Wolverines baseball team.

Since joining General Motors in 1984, he held a number of positions with the company until 1992 when he became GMAC group vice president of finance in Detroit.

From 1997 to 2000, Henderson became GM vice president and managing director of GM do Brasil covering GM operations in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Here he was successful in introducing small, inexpensive cars such as the Celta subcompact and the Meriva microvan, both produced in Brazil.[3]

In June 2000, he was appointed group vice president and president of GM-LAAM (Latin America, Africa and Middle East) and in January 2002, he moved to Singapore as president of GM Asia Pacific where he was successful in expanding operations in Korea and China.[4][5]

In 2004, Henderson was appointed chairman of GM Europe, based in Zurich, Switzerland, where he undertook substantial restructuring including significant reductions in jobs.[6]

After becoming vice chairman and chief financial officer in January 2006, in March 2009, he became GM president and chief operating officer.[7]

On December 1, 2009, Fritz Henderson resigned from General Motors as CEO and was replaced by board Chairman Edward Whitacre, Jr., former head of AT&T Inc. who will temporarily take over as CEO while a global search for a new permanent replacement is conducted. January 25, 2010 Ed Whitacre announces he will become the permanent CEO while keeping his current chairman of board of directors role.

On February 19, 2010, GM announced that Henderson would serve as a consultant on their international operations, to be paid $709,080 per year.[8]

On Thursday September 2, 2010, Sunoco, Inc. announced that Henderson would join the company as senior vice president, and will lead the company's SunCoke Energy unit as chairman and CEO when it is spun off in 2011.[9]

On June 11, 2018, Adient plc announced that Henderson would replace former CEO R. Bruce McDonald as interim CEO, pending a search for a full-time replacement for McDonald.[10]


Henderson is married to Karen Henderson and has two daughters, Sarah and Emily Henderson.[3]


  1. ^ BBC: GM chief Wagoner ousted by Obama; March 30, 2009
  2. ^ Ray Wert: Carpocalypse. Fritz Henderson To Take Job Of Interim GM CEO; from; Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  3. ^ a b David Welch, Gail Edmondson, William Boston: Toughest Job Yet For This Mr. Fixit. Stanching the red ink at GM-Europe may take Fritz Henderson quite a while; BusinessWeek, November 15, 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  4. ^ American City Business Journals: Biographie Frederick A. Henderson im Sales & Marketing Center
  5. ^ Bill Vlasic: Frederick A. Henderson; in: New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  6. ^ Noelle Knox: GM plans to slash up to 12,000 jobs in Europe; USA Today, October 12, 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  7. ^ Reuters: Henderson, Frederick. Brief Biography. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  8. ^ "Businessweek - Business News, Stock market & Financial Advice".
  9. ^ "Ex-G.M. Chief to Lead Sunoco Spinoff". The New York Times. 2010-09-03.
  10. ^ "Adient Announces Leadership Transition Plan".
Business positions
Preceded by
Rick Wagoner
President of General Motors
Chief Executive Officer of General Motors
Succeeded by
Edward Whitacre, Jr.