UPDATE 1-GM CEO Akerson defends tenure as his exit nears

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* Running GM was like "fixing the plane in the air" -CEO * Akerson expects GM's Opel brand to gain in Europe * Akerson to be succeeded by auto industry's first woman CEO By Bill Trott WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Dan Akerson, who will step down as General Motors Co's chief executive next month, on Monday defended his tenure leading the No. 1 U.S. automaker and said his successor will have to build on the turnaround that he ...

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