Can Gm Stop Its European Skid?

As snafus multiply and the giant loses ground in Europe, Opel's CEO is being forced out

David J. Herman, Adam Opel's popular chief executive, is headed for the exit. A 51-year-old lawyer who has run General Motors Corp.'s German subsidiary since 1992, Herman has increasingly clashed with his boss, Louis R. Hughes, president of GM's international operations. At the Tokyo Motor Show on Oct. 21, Hughes called rumors that Herman will leave early next year "speculation." But GM sources confirm privately that Herman is being forced out.

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