Many journalists went into the Detroit auto show with questions about CEO succession at various automakers.
Why didn't Ford's Alan Mulally trade Mustang 50.0 for Windows 8.1? Would Mark Reuss or Dan Ammann be team players for new coach Mary Barra at General Motors?
Fiat-Chrysler tried to cut off speculation by announcing that CEO Sergio Marchionne would stick around for "at least" three more years. There would be no unsightly jockeying for position to take the top job, at least not publicly.
That got me thinking: I bet there won't be much jockeying for Marchionne's job in private, either. With the possible exception of anybody named Tavares or Piech, who would want it?
Set aside for a moment the constant intercontinental travel, the grueling hours and the stress of keeping tens of thousands of people across the globe marching toward the same goal.