Lajdziak set to retire from Saturn after 23 years

by Mark Kleis
Lajdziak set to retire from Saturn after 23 years

Saturn General manager Jill Lajdziak is set to retire from General Motors at the end of this year after twenty-nine years in the GM family. GM says that Lajdziak will exercise some vacation time before her retirement takes effect at the end of the year.

Lajdziak spent her entire life surrounded by the automotive industry; Lajdziak's father owned a Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealership when she was a child. Lajdziak has memories as young as three years old helping her father wash cars at the dealership.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts degree in business marketing and management Lajdziak went to Proctor and Gamble looking for a possible career. What Lajdziak found instead was what she described as a break for her career when the interviewer asked, "Where would you like to be in five years?"

Lajdiziak said, "I want to be working for GM." Lajdziak went on to start a career at GM in 1980 as a district sales manager for Chevrolet.

By 1986, Lajdziak had been promoted to be the manager of retailer selection with Saturn. Lajdziak went on to spend 23 years at the executive level with Saturn before becoming General Manager in 1999.