John Smale http://michiganradio.org en Former GM CEO John Smale dies at 84 http://michiganradio.org/post/former-gm-ceo-john-smale-dies-84 <p>Former GM Chairman John Smale led the company from late 1992 until the end of 1995.&nbsp;He died today in Cincinnati at the age of 84. He was a board member of the automaker for&nbsp;more than two decades&nbsp;starting in &nbsp;1982.</p><p>Smale also led Cincinnati based Procter &amp; Gamble from 1981 to 1990.</p><p class="ap_para ap_para-d57851005a80479aaeeb90a12c70b9f6 entry-content" style="font-size: 11px">The Canadian with German ancestry graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1949. He joined P&amp;G in 1952, working for what was then called the toilet goods division. He rose through the company, becoming president in charge of all U.S. operations in 1974 and chief executive in 1981. He added the chairmanship in 1986.</p><p class="ap_para ap_para-d57851005a80479aaeeb90a12c70b9f6 entry-content" style="font-size: 11px">During his tenure, Smale moved P&amp;G businesses into new markets in huge developing countries such as China, setting the stage for P&amp;G&#39;s rapid growth in Asia in recent years. P&amp;G also acquired Richardson-Vicks, which broadened the P&amp;G portfolio to include Pantene shampoo, Olay skin cream and Vicks cough medicines, which are major brands today. In a smaller acquisition, P&amp;G obtained the CoverGirl makeup brand that also is still growing.</p><p class="ap_para ap_para-d57851005a80479aaeeb90a12c70b9f6 entry-content" style="font-size: 11px">At GM, Smale help change the structure of the&nbsp;automaker&#39;s management and put a renewed focus on&nbsp;customers. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 02:01:50 +0000 Vincent Duffy 5073 at http://michiganradio.org Former GM CEO John Smale dies at 84