Tells it like it is.
- Aug 15, 2004
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Without doubt the best grand poo-bah Holden ever had, yet shafted into early retirement in the early-mid 2000's coz 'merika knew better, Peter Hanenberger opens up about Holden and GM of now.
Holden’s greatest living leader Peter Hanenberger has turned his back on General Motors, the company to which he devoted his 45-year working life.
Hanenberger worked at Holden in two separate influential stints. The first time between 1976-1982 he was seconded as a young engineer from Opel and earned the nickname ‘Handling-berger’ for his key role in dramatically improving the woeful chassis dynamics of Holdens. He returned from 1999-2003 as chairman and managing director. He is now 76 and retired to his home town of Wiesbaden in Germany.
He has watched from a distance as Holden has been reduced from a complete automotive business capable of designing, engineering and manufacturing cars to selling and marketing imports.
“This was just pure mismanagement to let a company down like this,” he says.