Former GM Exec Chris Liddell Named White House Policy Chief

The White House has named a new policy chief. And he just so happens to have experience in the automotive industry.

Reuters reports that Christopher Liddell will now take up the role as the White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination. The 59-year-old native of New Zealand previously served as vice chairman and chief financial officer at General Motors from January 2010 through April 2011.

There he was widely credited with helping the automaker recover from bankruptcy and launch its $23-billion initial public offering. Prior to GM, he served in similar capacities at Microsoft and International Paper.

“Chris was a major contributor during a pivotal time in the company’s history,” GM’s then-chairman Dan Akerson said at the time of his departure. “He guided the company’s IPO process and established a good financial foundation for the future.”

Liddell joined the Trump Administration in January 2017 when it assumed office. He first worked on transition team before coordinating areas like the modernization of information technology and electronic health records.

“He has extensive experience managing large organizations and has already overseen a number of interagency processes in the White House,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, according to the Reuters report. “In his new role Chris will manage the policy process as we continue to enact the President’s agenda.”

Liddell isn’t the first senior GM executive to advise President Trump. The company’s current chairman and CEO Mary Barra served on the President’s business advisory forum from the time of his election.

She and several other high-level American business leaders distanced themselves from the Administration following the Charlottesville protests last year. US Ambassador to Morocco David Fischer previously headed up The Suburban Collection, a Michigan-based dealership group with numerous GM franchises among its 52 locations.

more photos...
  • Six Thousand Times

    Helped himself to a little bailout money, now he’ll help GM bring in more cars from China while his boss rants about Mexico…

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Well, he has already worked for the Government already having come from GM.

Tesla Sits Helplessly As Cameras Record Rear-End Collision

This incident took place in Mesa, Arizona and the Tesla was rendered a total loss due to the damage sustained by the impact.

Low-Mileage BMW E39 M5 Is Certainly Desirable – But $150K Desirable?

The Imola Red M5 for sale in Cincinnati has just 9225 miles on the clock and looks great, but maybe, just maybe, is a bit overpriced…

Mercedes-Benz E-Class, AMG E63 S Estates Recalled As Rear Spoiler Could Fly Away

According to the NHTSA, the driver (and any occupants) will just hear a rattling noise before the part detaches from its mount.

Aussie Mother Sent To Prison For Leading Police On 140 MPH Chase With Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

The judge ruled that the 28-year-old showed no remorse but boasted and showed off on social media instead.

Are You The 2020 BMW M3?

The car sports a four-tailpipe exhaust system and a controversial body-colored diffuser.

Ford Needed The Explorer To Be A Hit, What They Got Was A Nightmare

The Explorer is suffering from chassis, transmission and suspension issues – just to name a few.

Subaru Outback Owns US Wagon Market With Astounding 85.7 Percent Share

Wagons make up only 1.4 percent of U.S. car sales, and the Subaru Outback alone accounts for 1.2 percent – need we say more?.

Roush Performance To Launch Its Most Powerful Mustang Ever At SEMA

The new Roush-tuned Ford Mustang will be capped to just 60 examples in the U.S. and will have more than 710 HP.

Hyundai Teases HDC-6 Neptune Fuel Cell Semi Concept

The concept features an art deco design and a fuel cell powertrain.

VW Golf Countdown: 2003-2008 Mk5 Climbed Up The Premium Ladder

The Golf Mk5 had high-end features including bi-xenon headlights, rain sensing wipers and a panoramic sunroof.