LISLE, Ill. — When the federal government bailed out General Motors, it scuttled the old guard. Blame had to be placed. Long-time managers had to go. In the process, the saving of America’s No. 1 automaker would eventually lead to salvation for another company.
Troy Clarke, then president of GM’s North American operations, was one of those the company had “retired.” A lifelong GM executive, Clarke previously oversaw its operations in China and headed its Mexican business. He quickly took a consulting gig at Navistar International Corp., which builds big trucks and buses.
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