Chairman Ed Whitacre could still take the job, but here are some heavy hitters with the chops to run GM
George Buckley, CEO, 3M
Brought creativity back to the company. He's known as a strong leader and could help overhaul GM's culture.
John Krafcik, CEO, Hyundai Motor North America
The former Ford executive has spearheaded Hyundai's emergence in the U.S.
Anne Mulcahy, retired CEO, Xerox
She restructured debt, pushed the company into the color printer business, and returned it to profitability.
Ralph de la Vega, CEO, AT&T Mobility
Hails from Whitacre's world and has kept AT&T rolling. With three telecom vets on the board, he'd have an in.
Denny Strigl, President, Verizon Communications
The rising star has helped run a moneymaker and made it a mobile-services leader.