Chrysler design; external affairs
Born: 18 June 1943 in Flint, Michigan
Education: MBA, 1978, Master of Arts, 1967, and Bachelor of Arts, 1966, all from Michigan State University
Hobbies: Building hot rods, boating
Gale is a talented car designer who has learned to extend his visual understanding of the future into other management areas. Like his Chrysler colleagues, he learned many areas of the automotive business under Robert Eaton, and he has been in charge of Jeep operations since 1 January.
His most critical role is product strategist. Pilot Bob Lutz carried the flag for passionate products until his retirement; now it is in the hands of Tom Gale, who once had time to build hot rods himself at his northern Michigan cottage.
Born: 13 October 1942 in Detroit, Michigan.
Education: MBA, 1968, and Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, 1966, both from Michigan State University
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, golf and tennis
Valade is a money man. He was annointed the right-hand man of Bob Eaton in the negotiations with Daimler-Benz. He started in the Corporate Controller's office 30 years ago, and now that office reports to him. He will bring experience with balance sheets, not deal-making, to his role as chief of global purchasing.
His approach toward long-term thinking shows up in his list of public interests in Michigan. He gives time to education, art, a health company, and charity through the Chrysler Corporation Fund.
Chrysler Cars & Trucks, Integration Council
Born: 6 September 1946 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Education: Master of Business Administration, 1972, Bachelor of Arts, 1968, both from Miami (Ohio) University
Hobbies: Tennis, golf and boating
Stallkamp rose from the invisible ranks of puchasing executives by spreading the team spirit to the people on the other side of the table, the suppliers.
When Chrysler came out of financial collapse the second time, in the early 1990s, he was part of a band of talented executives that held together for nearly a decade. Francois Castaing, Tom Gale, Dennis Pawley, Tom Denomme and others learned to share by swapping jobs and working together in new ways.
Stallkamp learned best, and on 1 January he rose from the pack to become president of Chrysler.
Research and Technology
Born: 28 August 1941 in Dessau, Germany
Education: Studied machine building at the Technical Hochschule in Darmstadt, Germany
Languages: German, English
Voehringer is pushing new technology at Daimler-Benz, as one would expect from the head of r&d. Daimler has been at the forefront of fuel-cell research, and Voehringer has promised to put a car on the market in 2005.
He has a well-rounded background at Daimler-Benz, with experience in technical and strategic areas, for both cars and trucks.
He joined Daimler-Benz in 1967, and he leaped into upper management in 1987 when he was put in charge of planning and production for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.
In 1993, he was transferred to commercial vehicles, and he served in positions including development, technical planning and production.
Born: 14 November 1949 in New Britain, Connecticut
Education: MBA in finance, 1973, University of Chicago, Bachelor of Science in economics and finance, 1971, New York University
Hobbies: Art history, golf, skiing
Sidlik is a money man now following the well-marked purchasing trail set up by Tom Stallkamp and now watched over by Gary Valade.
He joined Chrysler in 1980 as manager of car product financial analysis, and he worked his way up the financial side to become chairman of Chrysler Financial Corp.
He did duty as general manager of small car operations, and that area continues to report to him now as executive vice president for procurement and supply.
Chief Financial Officer
Born: 22 January, 1942 in Riga, Latvia
Education: Law at universities of Lausanne and Berlin
Languages: German, English, ancient Greek
Hobbies: lover of fine arts
Lawyer described by colleagues as quiet, thoughtful, sometimes over-correct. He is an honorary judge in the German Industrial Court.
Gentz personifies Daimler's corporate culture. He has been a member of senior management since 1983, when he was named deputy board member in charge of human resources. Gentz became a full management board member two years later with the same responsibilities. He held the job until former Chairman Edzard Reuter asked him to run Daimler-Benz InterServices (Debis) when the division was formed in 1990. He hesitated at first, then accepted the job. Reuter praised his efforts in his recent autobiography.
In May 1995 Genz was made responsible for finance and personnel on the management board. Since the restructuring last April, he has been in charge of finance.
Chrysler International and Latin America Strategy
Born: 14 July 1946 in Escanaba, Michigan
Education: Advanced Management Program, 1984, Harvard University; Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, 1968, Southern Illinois University
Languages: English, some Spanish
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing
Cunningham was born in a part of Michigan where a trip to the neighboring state for a football game or shopping is the year's biggest adventure. He wanted more and got it.
He started out as an administrative trainee in Chrysler's Chicago sales zone, and over 15 years gained enough respect to get posted to Harvard's prestigious Advanced Management Program. He was elected a vice president on 24 September 1987.
Today, the world is his neighborhood.
At Chrysler, Cunningham is responsible for sales and marketing efforts in more than 75 countries, along with vehicle manufacturing and assembly operations in several locations.
Daimler-Benz Passenger Cars
Born: 24 July 1939 in Hagen, Germany
Education: Stuttgart University, engineering
Languages: German, English
Hobbies: Collects historic teddy bears
Hubbert has been in charge of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars for more than a decade, working alongside tough bosses.
He gets most of the credit for expanding Mercedes' product line-up, though problems with the A-class rollover last fall nearly brought him down. Hubbert's crowning achievement may be the new S-class this fall.
He joined Daimler-Benz in 1965 direct from the Stuttgart University. He was named head of production planning at the Sindelfingen plant in 1984, and head of Daimler-Benz corporate planning in 1985. In September, 1987, Hubbert was appointed deputy member of the management board responsible for the passenger car division.
Inside Daimler, he is revered for his honesty and down-to-earth manner. 'It might not be easy for him sometimes in the pool of sharks,' said a source.