The Associated Press
DETROIT - General Motors Corp.'s new chief executive said Monday there's a greater risk that the company will have to reorganize through bankruptcy, because of greater demands from the Obama administration to get debt off its balance sheet.
Fritz Henderson told reporters on a conference call that the company would still prefer to restructure outside of court, but the various support mechanisms Obama outlined Monday would provide a better cushion for the company to reorganize under a court-order bankruptcy if necessary.
"We were encouraged, we talked to the auto task force about ultimately bringing the consumer back in the game," he said.
"We understand what the game plan is," Henderson said. "Whether out of court or in court, either way, they'll be there to support us."
It's Henderson's first day of the job, after Rick Wagoner resigned at the government's request. Former board member Kent Kresa, the former chairman and CEO of defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp., was named interim chairman of the GM board.
He said the goal is to work with bondholders and the United Auto Workers union to get more concessions in an effort to make GM viable long-term.
"We need to move faster and even deeper," he said. "Our job is to run with that."
Henderson said he didn't intend to make major executive changes.
"The last thing i want to do in this 60-day period is start changing a lot of people," he said.