General Motors Corp. Vice Chairman Harry J. Pearce is retiring to become vice chairman of Hughes Electronics, signaling the deal to separate the high tech unit from owner GM is close to being finalized. Succession scenarios since rumors began circulating about a month ago include moving Ron Zarrella, GM North America chief, into the vice chairman's slot and replacing him with either GM SPO General Manager John F. Smith or e-GM President Mark Hogan. A less likely possibility is hiring an ...

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