Mr. Chester A. Huber is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, having joined the General Management unit in July 2011. He teaches “Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise” in the second-year elective curriculum.
Prior to joining the Harvard Business School, Mr. Huber spent 37 years at General Motors Corporation–initially in its locomotive business, the Electro-Motive Division in LaGrange, Illinois, and then as part of its OnStar vehicle services business in Detroit, Michigan. At Electro-Motive, Mr. Huber held various engineering, operations and commercial positions before becoming responsible for leading the division’s global sales, service and marketing efforts.
During his tenure at General Motors, Mr. Huber attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, today known as the Eisenhower School. He graduated in 1995 with an M.S. in National Resource Strategy. With this experience in hand, Mr. Huber was assigned to lead a study team to evaluate a wireless, location-based services opportunity in the auto industry, and was ultimately selected to lead the start-up effort that became GM’s OnStar business. During his fourteen year tenure as President and CEO, OnStar grew to over six million subscribers, built a market leading brand and intellectual property position, generated revenues in excess of $2 billion, and achieved industry leading profitability. He retired from General Motors in 2009.
Mr. Huber received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MS from the National Defense University. He has served on the Board of Directors for General Magic and XM Satellite Radio, been appointed to Federal Advisory Committees at NASA and the Centers for Disease Control, and holds multiple U.S. patents in the application of wireless technology to vehicle systems. Mr. Huber received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Kettering University, and was named Honorary Commandant of the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.