PARIS - DaimlerChrysler AG will enter the world next month structured essentially as a holding company of two separate automakers.
With few exceptions, Daimler-Benz people will report to Daimler managers, and Chrysler Corp. people will report to Chrysler managers.
But people from many levels will eventually shift responsibilities between Germany and the USA, said Chrysler Chairman Robert Eaton.
'If you don't move back and forth, it's just a holding company, not a merger,' Eaton said at the Paris auto show.
In the initial structure, several top Chrysler executives, but no Daimler people, will report through Chrysler President Thomas Stallkamp.
Juergen Hubbert, Daimler's powerful passenger-car chief, acknowledged last month that the initial structure is essentially a holding company because each side still has a complex business to run. That will change, he promised.
Eaton said that will change a lot.
Some Chrysler people will move to Stuttgart by January, he said. And purchasing for the whole company will report up through current Chrysler executive Gary Valade.
Eaton, 58, who will step down as co-CEO of DaimlerChrysler in three years, said it is conceivable that Daimler's Hubbert could run product development at Chrysler's technical center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and Chris Theodore, Chrysler's top engineer, could run product programs out of Stuttgart.