A year and a half after quitting his job at General Motors, former Carter Holt Harvey boss Chris Liddell has re-emerged playing a key role in planning the transition to power should Mitt Romney win the US presidential election.
His role was mentioned in a New York Times article this week, but back in August news website The Daily Caller said Liddell was among several business leaders who had risen to the top of Romney's transition operation, known as the "readiness project".
Liddell had been named executive director of the transition, and had become the right hand man of transition team leader, former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, The Daily Caller said.
In a story overnight, the Associated Press said Liddell was leading the day-to-day transition team operations.
Liddell left Carter Holt Harvey in 2002, moving to the US to a job at International Paper, then in 2005 he went to Microsoft and at the start of 2010 went to GM. In all the US jobs he was chief financial officer.
He left GM in April 2011 after missing out on the job as chief executive.
At the time, Liddell said he had no job lined up, but did not want to be a cfo any longer. He had achieved his goals with GM's initial public offering, fixing its accounting problems and getting the company back on sound financial footing.
The Wall Street Journal said Liddell was well-respected on Wall Street, but it quoted "people who knew him well", saying his sometimes brash style rankled some in GM's executive ranks.
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