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Winner: GM chairman and CEO Dan Ackerson
Winner: GM chairman and CEO Dan Ackerson
In defiance of Detroit tradition, Akerson continued the biggest management shakeup since Henry Ford II replaced his senile grandfather and brought in the Whiz Kids. Critics who worried that all the changes -- especially in marketing -- would have an unsettling effect were quieted by GM's 25% sales increase in the first quarter. Now he has to manage GM through a new model drought until the 2013 Chevy Malibu arrives

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Last updated April 11 2011: 9:23 AM ET
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