Gm Braces For Life After Lopez

Morale could suffer following the flamboyant exec's defection to VW

It's the question of the moment in the world auto industry: Just what is it about J. Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua that's so special? After a struggle with General Motors Corp., Germany's Volkswagen wrested the Basque executive away from GM by making him one of its top three leaders, in charge of purchasing and production. If Lopez' salary is as high as the $20 million over five years that it's rumored to be, he's now one of Europe's highest-paid executives.

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