Jack Smith DETROIT – John F. (Jack) Smith Jr. never dreamed as a 22-year-old newcomer at General Motors Corp. that one day he’d wind up at the top and win wide praise for leading the company to one of the biggest turnarounds in U.S. industrial history. Affable and self-effacing, Smith retires as GM’s chairman May 1 after turning 65 on April 6. He leaves the board of directors, but says he’ll remain in an advisory role, especially as it relates to the Asia/Pacific region, ...
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