Last week GM CEO Mary Barra disclosed to the public the findings of a months long running internal probe, which sought to find the errors that led to the automaker’s biggest public scandal in recent years.
Back in February, newly appointed CEO Barra ordered a recall covering older cars that were equipped with defective ignition switches, with the 2.6 million cars connected to 47 crashes and 13 deaths – although according to many the fatalities tally is grossly diminished. In March, the CEO ordered an outside investigation led by Anton Valukas, the chairman of GM’s outside counsel Jenner & Block.
Now, after the report has come out, sources that have knowledge of the matter say that among the 15 people that were officially said to have been fired are (as GM did not reveal individual details) a vice president and two directors.
The people said that they were the vice president for environmental, sustainability and regulatory affairs – Michael Robinson; the general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness – Gay Kent and the director of product investigations and safety regulations – M. Carmen Benavides.
Barra provided details only about engineers Ray DeGiorgio, designer of the defective switches and Gary Altman, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion models – the most prominent cars for the recall.