Amy Haimerl, Crain’s Detroit Business, April 6, 2014

As General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra faced congressional panels last week, she may well have felt like it was a firing squad.

The members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee‘s oversight panel grilled her, demanding answers — now! — about why it took the automaker more than a decade to recall 2.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 13 deaths.

“Unless you’ve been in front of Congress, you don’t now how grueling it can be,” said Davia Temin, who owns New York City-based crisis management firm Temin and Co. Inc. “It is a spectacle beyond all spectacles. You might as well be in a Roman coliseum.” […read more]