Former GM CEO Fritz Henderson to Lead Sunoco SunCoke Spin-Off Former General Motors CEO Frederick "Fritz" Henderson has found a new job, but not within the auto industry. Energy giant Sunoco (SUN) has tapped Henderson to lead an energy spin-off it is forming early next year, the company said Thursday.

Henderson, 52, is joining Philadelphia-based Sunoco as a senior vice president, and will help prepare for SunCoke Energy to split Sunoco's metallurgical coke manufacturing operations away from its core oil refining and gasoline station businesses in the first half of next year. He will then assume the posts of chairman and CEO of SunCoke.

Coke is a key ingredient used in the manufacture of steel. Sunoco provides coke for steel manufacturers in the U.S. and Brazil, the Associated Press reported.

Henderson was named to head GM in March 2009, after Rick Wagoner resigned as chief executive following a nearly decade-long run. Henderson led GM through bankruptcy several months later, but was ousted late last year as complaints emerged that the automaker's turnaround wasn't moving along quickly enough.

He was replaced by former AT&T (T) CEO Edward Whitacre, who resigned the post effective Wednesday. Dan Akerson now holds the GM CEO position, and will assume Whitacre's other role of chairman by year's end.

Since leaving the GM CEO post, Henderson has continued to serve as a consultant to the Detroit-based automaker, the AP reported.

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kingnus

If there weren't unions there would not be a middle class. I guess we could go back to the turn of the century when we had a few wealthy controling every thing. $.05 per hour and 14 hours a day , no health care , no vacations. Doesn't sound all that bad?

September 05 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
David Ferraez

Fritz Henderson is a brilliant man........great leader.........Gm was destroyed by the unions.......period.

September 05 2010 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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chrlwellm

if it wasn't for the unions .Gm would walk all over the people who works for gm.THE UNIONS ARE GREAT!!!!!! LOCAL 2250

September 05 2010 at 10:50 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
kingnus

Mangement has to sign off on all contracts. If he couldn't out smart a bunch assembly line workers what does that say about him?

September 05 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Jay

I want to know what right Obama had in firing him in the first place.

September 05 2010 at 2:03 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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kingnus

You run a company into bankruptcy you should lose you job.

September 05 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Robin

Why was Rick Wagnor still CEO he headed GM for almost 10 years and lost money every year. If I was that inept at my job I would have been fired along time ago. Not only did he keep is job but got millions in bonuses every year along with the other execs while everyonelse was had a frozen wages. That is why GM failed and somebody had to have the sense to make the hard decisions if they wanted government help. They should have gotten rid of every CEO that had to take bailout money. Especially at AIG how many times did they come back for more????

September 05 2010 at 11:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cvdunbar

if wants wants to really make money working with coke, he should head for the boarder.

September 04 2010 at 10:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rx901tn

who wants to know about the million dollar baby getting another million dollar job . He know all about his new job? Bull **** The company would make money with out his mouth on a nipple but the big boy play and we pay. Hell the big three are built where ? Run another company in the ground .. Dip Stick

September 04 2010 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jennifer

maybe sunoco needs a failing company as a tax write off... enter Henderson. tada

September 04 2010 at 11:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
youall315

Isn't this an exampleof the PETER PRINCIPLE? Fail at one job and be promoted into another.

September 04 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
jkziggy1

What's the Chevy Volt got to do with Henderson's new job? Whether the Volt has market success will be left to the American marketplace looking for new technology. The first color TV, Laptop computers,etc. cost more at the beginning. Maybe,just maybe GM with Volt has something cutting edge. With lots of AMERICAN jobs possibly created by GM and new technology maybe we should not damn them before the first one is sold. Lets create USA jobs! Its easy to damn,but much harder to find solutions that builds our country.

September 03 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
ret31155

I think that I'll rush right down and buy a $41,000 Chevy Volt............NOT !!!

September 03 2010 at 6:17 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
stlboxmaker

Why would any one the caliper of CEO want to work for the Obama idiots?

September 03 2010 at 5:11 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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keeech

because it takes and idiot to work for an idiot lol

September 03 2010 at 6:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply