Gerald C. Meyers

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Gerald C. Meyers is an industrialist, author, speaker, former Chairman of American Motors Corporation (AMC), active business consultant, and an expert in the field of corporate governance and crisis management in business. He was the Ford Distinguished Professor of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, Graduate School of Industrial Administration, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor.


After taking two degrees at Carnegie Mellon, a B.S. in engineering and a M.S. in business, he joined the Ford Motor Company in 1950. His next eight years were with the Chrysler Corporation where he became Director of Manufacturing for all overseas plants in 1961, residing in Geneva, Switzerland for three years.

In 1962, he became Director of Purchasing for American Motors Corporation in Detroit. He was promoted to Director of Manufacturing, Vice-President of Manufacturing, Vice-President of the Product (Engineering) Group, Executive Vice-President, as well as to President and Chief Operating Officer. He finally rose to be the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1977. He retired early in 1982, by which time the French state-owned Renault company controlled 46% of American Motors,[1] and former AMC President W. Paul Tippett Jr. succeeded him as chairman.[2]

He is President of Gerald C. Meyers Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm exclusively engaged in advising and assisting senior corporate officers.

On April 17, 2007, he received an honorary degree, doctorate of business practice, from Carnegie Mellon University by President Jared L. Cohon and Provost Mark S. Kamlet.


Meyers is the author of When It Hits the Fan, Managing the Nine Crises of Business, published by Houghton-Mifflin. In addition, he is co-author of Dealers, Healers, Brutes & Saviors, Eight Winning Styles for Solving Giant Business Crises, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2000.


He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He has been awarded the Cross of the French Legion of Honor.


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