Meeting Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors, at Detroit Metro Airport

While waiting for my flight to a conference in Atlanta, I noticed none other than General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner sitting a few rows down from me – busily thumbing his Blackberry. As a former employee of his, I walked over and introduced myself and wished him good luck with GM’s recovery. A joke about private jets seems somehow inappropriate so I restrained myself and just smiled and shook his hand.  As an unemployed autoworker, I couldn’t think of much to say to him that would be useful to either of us so I kept our conversation short.  As it turns out, he was traveling with his wife (I think) to North Carolina  – flying commercial like the rest of us.  I can tell you that he boarded early with 1st class and a gentleman from the airline personally escorted him from his seat in the waiting area onto the plane. Rick always seems like such a great guy – maybe he’s too nice…

One Reply to “Meeting Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors, at Detroit Metro Airport”

  1. That whole interaction must be even more surreal, knowing that just weeks after that interaction, he was a former GM employee as well!

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