Kent Kresa is not a household name in Detroit automotive circles – but he soon will be. Kresa, 71, joined General Motors Corp.’s board of directors in 2003 when he retired after serving 13 years as chairman of Northrop Grumman Corp., the big defense, aerospace, information technology, electronics and shipbuilding company. On Monday, Kresa was named GM’s nonexecutive chairman, as the Obama Admin. cashiered Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, while Chief Operating Officer Fritz Henderson ...

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