Ennis Ford Perfect Drive
Ennis Daily News

Whitacre’s role an example to community

Again the name of a favorite son of this city comes into the news in a big way — and it’s a name we hope inspires the youth in this community to great things.
Ennis’ Edward Whitacre, the former head of AT&T and Southwestern Bell, has taken on more and more responsibility at General Motors since his appointment to lead its board in June 2009, taking over as interim CEO in December and now taking up the CEO title full time.

He has led the automaker in a period of reorganization and restructuring after a years-long slow decline in the brand’s public star became a precipitous drop-off in the recent economic struggle.
Whitacre forged a reputation for himself as a visionary by getting his company involved in high-speed telecommunications early, striking while the proverbial iron was hot.

We need not look far to find the evidence of AT&T’s success in that arena.

Whitacre is looked upon as a person who can bring the hobbled automaker through this transition that lies before it. It has been a make-or-break time time for the generations-old company, and one that Whitacre, with his experience in helping a company transition into a new arena of play, is looked at to lead.

It should serve as a lesson to those who come from here and wonder what they can make of themselves. Ed Whitacre graduated here, grew up here and walked these streets.

It takes the vision and determination to make an impact to get where Ed Whitacre is today, but it’s within all of our grasps.

He admits he knows nothing about cars but has said he has no fears about stepping forward to fill the need he sees as a way to do a little public service. He will lean on his prior experience running a business to guide his decisions.

He thinks we need a company like General Motors, and so do we. We look forward to the role the company and Ed Whitacre’s leadership there will play in strengthening America’s economy moving forward. We’d like to think his involvement gives that much more hope.

Post to Twitter




Posted by on Jan 26 2010. Filed under Editorials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

Featured Links

    Search Archive

    Search by Date
    Search by Category
    Search with Google

    Photo Gallery

    Log in


    Copyright: All rights reserved. Users may download and print extracts of content from this website for their own personal and non-commercial use only. Republication or redistribution of Ennis Daily News content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Ennis Daily News. Ennis Daily News and its logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Ellis County Newspapers, Inc.

    © Ellis County Newspapers, Inc. 2019