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Jerry York
Born Jerome B. York
1938[1]
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Died March 18, 2010
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Jerome B. York, commonly known as Jerry York (1938 – March 18, 2010), was an American businessman, and the Chairman, President and CEO of Harwinton Capital. He was the former CFO of IBM and Chrysler, and was CEO of Micro Warehouse. He joined the board of directors of Apple Computer in 1997 and served until his death.[1]

He was a chief aide to Kirk Kerkorian and his Tracinda investment company. Most recently, Kerkorian helped elect York to the board of directors of General Motors, from which he had previously resigned.[2]

Biography

York was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1938 and lived in Oakland Township, Michigan. He earned degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan, and was trained as an engineer.

York eventually became CFO of Chrysler. He also served as CFO of IBM Corp. and as a special adviser to investor Kirk Kerkorian during Kerkorian's 2007 failed takeover bid for Chrysler and his other investments in Ford Motor Company and General Motors where he previously served as a board member from February to October 2006 before resigning over frustration resulting from GM's reluctance to implement change recommendations, including the shedding of peripheral brands, which GM ultimately affected during bankruptcy in the form of terminating the Pontiac, Saturn, and Hummer brands (after a failed sale attempt to Chinese Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery) and the sale of its SAAB division to Dutch "Hypercar" maker Spyker.[3]

York was Chairman and CEO of Micro Warehouse, which went bankrupt. He was married to Eilene York. Together they had four children and six grandchildren.[4]

York was hospitalized on March 17, 2010 after collapsing in his suburban Detroit home from a brain aneurysm.[5] He died the next day.[6]

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