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Washington Post Co. elects former GM CEO Rick Wagoner to its board

Rick Wagoner, who was fired as chief executive of General Motors by the White House, has been elected to The Washington Post Co.'s board of directors, increasing the board to 11 members, the education and media company said today.

The Post Co.'s release says that Wagoner "retired from General Motors Corporation in August 2009," but the White House acknowledged that it forced Wagoner to step down two months before the struggling automaker was forced to declare bankruptcy, following a $51 billion government bailout. As part of the bankruptcy, the federal government took a 61 percent stake in GM, which it still holds. GM plans an IPO in coming months to pay back the taxpayer money.

Wagoner will make $70,000 per year, which is in-line with what other Post Co. directors make.

Wagoner was a 32-year GM veteran and had been chairman and chief executive of the company from 2003 to 2009.

Despite the problems the company experienced in the U.S., Wagoner is credited with expanding GM's presence in China.

In addition to its flagship newspaper, The Post Co. owns Kaplan education company -- which provides the majority of The Post Co.'s revenue -- a small cable company called CableOne, six television stations and various small publications, including Slate. The company also owns Newsweek, which it is attempting to sell.

In other company news today, The Post Co. said it would pay a dividend of $2.25 per share on August 6.

By Frank Ahrens  |  June 10, 2010; 1:04 PM ET
Categories:  Autos , Corporations  
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What a stroke of genius...hire a man that helped push gas guzzlers when gas prices were skyrocketing resulting in no one buying their cars and the company going belly up.

Posted by: metroman76 | June 10, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The Post must have been dredging the bottom to elect Waggoner to its board.
His arrogant, condescending personality resulted in his being removed.

Posted by: jrmatty | June 10, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Mother Graham must be rolling over in her grave!!

Posted by: johnklenert | June 10, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

What can a person who responsible for bankrupting GM possibly offer The Post?

Posted by: knjincvc | June 10, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

What can a person who is responsible for bankrupting GM possibly offer The Post?

Posted by: knjincvc | June 10, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

This election may be a sign that the company is looking to jettison it newspaper, as well as its magazine.

Posted by: llrllr | June 10, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

who were the other candidates that this guy came in as the winner?

Posted by: jobrie18 | June 10, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: 1citizen | June 10, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

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