Chrysler’s new CEO, Robert Nardelli, made his debut yesterday at the company’s Auburn Hills headquarters where he was welcomed by Tom LaSorda and others. The ex Home Depot CEO is known for his aggressive style but has no background in the automotive industry. Nonetheless, Chrysler is hoping he’ll bring a new perspective to the company.
“We are excited to welcome Bob to the Chrysler family,” LaSorda said in a statement issued late Sunday night. “Bob has a proven track record of success and an unwavering focus on performance, and brings deep operational experience and a broad industry background to Chrysler.”
Nardelli hopes that, as a privately held company, Chrysler will move forward with speed. By focusing on meeting the needs of the consumers, Nardelli hopes that Chrysler will recover fast and once again become an American icon.
“What I bring is a fresh set of eyes. A new perspective, if you will. As I”ve indicated, I am not from the automotive industry, so it”s important to know what you know and to know what you don”t know.”
Nardelli served as CEO of Home Depot from 2000 to 2006, ending his term with an impressive track record and a $210 million retirement package. Nardelli increased sales from $46 billion to $91 billion in 2006, doubling profits to $5.8 billion.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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