Roger B. Smith

Industry Leader of the Year Award 1983 & 1986

Distinguished Service Citation Award 1986

From 1981 to 1990, Smith was Chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation.  He tried to modernize the American automotive giant, but instead became associated with a number of automotive disasters.  Smith had better success with a joint venture with Toyota to build small cars, and building half a dozen new factories in North America and started the Saturn Corporation.

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