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Affidavit of Fritz Henderson in GM Bankruptcy

Affidavit of Fritz Henderson in GM Bankruptcy



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From DealBook: Affidavit of Fritz Henderson, GM's chief executive
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UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK---------------------------------------------------------------x:In re : Chapter 11 Case No.:GENERAL MOTORS CORP.,
et al 
., : 09- _________ ( ):Debtors. : (Jointly Administered):---------------------------------------------------------------xAFFIDAVIT OF FREDERICK A. HENDERSONPURSUANT TO LOCAL BANKRUPTCY RULE 1007-2
STATE OF NEW YORK )) ss:COUNTY OF NEW YORK )Frederick A. Henderson, being duly sworn, hereby deposes and says:1.
I am the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of GeneralMotors Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“GM”), which together with its wholly-owneddirect subsidiaries, Chevrolet-Saturn of Harlem, Inc. (“Chevrolet-Saturn”) and Saturn, LLC(“Saturn”), and GM’s wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Saturn Distribution Corporation(“Saturn Distribution”), are the debtors in the above-captioned chapter 11 cases (collectively, the“Debtors”). I submit this affidavit (the “Affidavit”) pursuant to Rule 1007-2 of the LocalBankruptcy Rules for the Southern District of New York (the “Local Rules”) to assist the Courtand other parties in interest in understanding the circumstances that compelled thecommencement of these chapter 11 cases and in support of (i) the Debtors’ petitions for relief under chapter 11 of title 11, United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”), filed on the datehereof (the “Commencement Date”), (ii) the relief requested in the motions and applications thatthe Debtors have filed with the Court, including, but not limited to, the “first day motions,” and
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2(iii) the motion (the “363 Motion”) pursuant to sections 105(a), 363, and 365 of the BankruptcyCode to approve, among other things, the sale of substantially all the Debtors’ assets and theassumption and assignment of certain executory contracts and unexpired leases of personalproperty and nonresidential real property (collectively, the “Leases”) to Vehicle AcquisitionHoldings LLC (the “363 Transaction”).2.
I have been employed by GM (or one of its affiliates) for nearly 25 years.I joined GM as a senior analyst in 1984 in the Treasurer’s Office after receiving my B.B.A. fromthe University of Michigan, my CPA license, and my M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.Since that time, I have held positions of increasing and significant financial and operationalresponsibility in GM’s domestic and international operations. As a result, I have first-handexperience and insight regarding the entire GM enterprise, the many issues now confronting GM,and the urgent relief that is now requested to save GM.3.
In 1989, I became GM’s Director of Mortgage Banking and, thereafter,from 1992 to 1994, I was GMAC Group Vice President of Finance. From 1994 to 1996, I wasExecutive in Charge of Operations for the former Automotive Components Group in Pontiac,Michigan. Subsequently, in 1996, I became GM’s Vice President and General Manager of Delphi Saginaw and continued in that position until 1997, when I was appointed GM’s VicePresident and Managing Director of GM do Brazil, with responsibilities for GM’s operations inBrazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In June 2000, I was appointed Group Vice Presidentand President of GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East (LAAM). From January 2002 toearly 2004, I was President of GM Asia Pacific. In 2004, I assumed responsibility for GM’sEuropean operations as GM’s Group Vice President and Chairman of GM Europe. In January2006, I was appointed GM’s Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, and in March 2008, I
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3was appointed GM’s President and Chief Operating Officer, which position I held until beingappointed to my current position. I am familiar with and involved in the day-to-day operations,businesses, and financial affairs of the Debtors.4.
Except as otherwise indicated, all facts set forth in this Affidavit are basedupon my personal knowledge, my discussions with other members of GM’s senior management,my review of relevant documents, or my opinion based upon my extensive personal experience,knowledge, and information concerning GM’s worldwide operations and financial affairs and theautomotive industry. If called upon to testify, I would testify competently to the facts set forth inthis Affidavit. I am authorized to submit this Affidavit on behalf of GM.5.
The Debtors have filed the 363 Motion because there simply is
viablealternative to the 363 Transaction to preserve the going concern value of the GM business andthe employment opportunities and related benefits of that business. There is no other sale, oreven other potential purchasers, present or on the horizon. There is no other source for debtor inpossession (“DIP”) financing even under the expedited process that is a condition to the instantproposal, let alone under a traditional chapter 11 process. In the face of the global meltdown of the financial markets, and a liquidity crisis unprecedented in GM’s 100 year history, there is onlyone way to maximize the value and permit the survival of GM’s business and save hundreds of thousands of jobs associated with not only GM, but also its vast supplier and dealer networks:these chapter 11 cases and the prompt approval of the 363 Transaction. The only otheralternative is the liquidation of the Debtors’ assets that would (i) substantially diminish the valueof GM’s business and assets, (ii) throw hundreds of thousands of persons out of work and causethe termination of health benefits and jeopardize retirement benefits for current and formeremployees and their families; (iii) benefit no interested economic stakeholder, and (iv) yield
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