TodayApril 16, 2022

GM’s Ewanick out Clooney selling his Tesla

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John Avlon, CNN, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, talk to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show.

Ewanick is out of General Motors

It was quick and decisive, Joel Ewanick, 52, global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), General Motors was out. The only statement General Motors was making was, “Ewanick failed to meet the expectations the company has of its employees”.

Joel Ewanick nixed Facebook advertising, right before it’s IPO, and true to form he nixed facebook and took to twitter to voice his final goodbyes to General Motors.

Ewanick’s first tweet was succinct, “It has been a privilege & honor to work with the GM Team and to be a small part of Detroit’s turnaround. I wish everyone at GM all the best”

The Wall Street Journal article, sighting a deal with Manchester United for soccer sponsorship, presumably as the reason he was allowed to elect to leave, even though the article says Ewanick was ousted by GM.

Ewanick also tweeted the URL for the Wall Street Journal article sighting a deal with Manchester United for soccer sponsorship, presumably as the reason he was allowed to elect to leave. There are differing reports as to whether Ewanick elected to leave or elected to leave before he was ousted.

There is plenty of speculation as to whether Ewanick grew too quickly in the ranks. Joel went from a regional marketing guy for an up and coming Hyundai brand to be the most powerful global CMO on the planet. While Ed Whitacre, CEO of General Motors at the time, brought Ewanick in as North American Chief Marketing Officer it was Dan Akerson, current CEO of General Motors that promoted him to global Chief Marketing Officer.

The speculation centers on Chris Perry now, what will happen to the advertising guy that Ewanick brought with him from Hyundai.

George Clooney’s Tesla being put for auction to save Sudan

George Clooney is auctioning off his Tesla Roadster to help the Sudanese. Gooding & Co will auction off the Roadster, valued over $100,000, at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. The proceeds will go to help the Sudanese people.

Tesla S is making inroads

The Tesla S demand is growing and so will the supply soon. Tesla will produce 2,000 more vehicles than they were allotting because of the demand.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.