General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre will leave the company later this year, expressing confidence in the auto maker’s future after it posts back-to-back quarterly profits and moves closer to being publicly traded. “This is something the (GM) board and I have been contemplating literally since I joined GM,” says Whitacre, 68, a retired telecommunications executive installed by President Obama last year to guide the auto maker through its post-bankruptcy restructuring. “At ...

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