About Chris Liddell:
Christopher P. Liddell was the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of General Motors (GM). Liddell joined GM in January 2010, and led the company’s global finance operations until March 2011.
What you learn at university is a good discipline but has little relevance to a real job.
Engineering is a fantastic base for any career.
So, what genetic disposition do you need to be a CFO? Essentially, you need to be miserable, you need to be the sort of person who takes drinks away from people at the end of a party.
I've always found diversity more interesting than specialisation. I like mixing it up across years, within days, within weeks - that's what stimulates me, gives me energy.
I don't have a tolerance for long meetings. I generally expect to get things over with quickly.
I don't sit down and relax very much. I don't desire to.
I switch on and off very easily; I'm inherently lucky in that sense. I sleep well.
Each of my career decisions has been very much about doing what I wanted to achieve in the role and then finding another challenge.
My day, normally speaking, is: I go the gym in the morning, I go and work for 10 or 12 hours, I have dinner, I go to sleep.