Former AT&T Chairman and CEO Edward E. Whitacre Jr. will lead the 13-member board that will oversee General Motors Corp. when the auto maker emerges from bankruptcy.

Whitacre will join current board members Philip A. Laskawy, Kathryn V. Marinello, Erroll B. Davis Jr., E. Neville Isdell, President and CEO Fritz Henderson, Kent Kresa and six as-yet-unnamed directors – including one representative each of the Canadian government and the United Auto Workers union Voluntary Employee Benefit Assn.

Kresa will remain chairman in the interim.

Whitacre, 67, led AT&T Inc. and its predecessor companies from 1990 to 2007. He shepherded the company through a series of mergers and acquisitions that established AT&T as the nation’s largest provider of local, long-distance and wireless services.

Whitacre also serves on the boards of ExxonMobil Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.