Retired General Motors executive Richard “Skip” LeFauve will discuss “The Story of Saturn: A Different Kind of Success” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Thornton Auditorium of the University of St. Thomas’ Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 LaSalle Ave., and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts, St. Paul campus.
The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the St. Thomas Graduate School of Business’ Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program.
When he retired in January 1999, LeFauve was GM’s senior vice president for global leadership development and president of General Motors University. He probably is better known for his role as the founding chairman and president of GM’s Saturn Corp.
LeFauve began his 41-year career with the world’s largest automaker in 1956 as an engineer with Packard Electric Division. He left for a six-year stint as a naval aviator and returned to a series of executive positions with GM’s Packard, Diesel Equipment, Chevrolet, and Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac divisions. He was named president of Saturn in 1986 and GM’s senior vice president for global leadership development in 1997.
A 1956 graduate of Case Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, LeFauve also attended the Senior Executive Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For more information about LeFauve’s talk, call St. Thomas at (651) 962-4281.