Select an area that interests you. Go to a company that will develop you and provide you a range of development opportunities.
Q: What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
A: I started as an operations director at TRW. It was a great opportunity to go right into a line management job right out of consulting.
Q: GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A: When my business achieved its turnaround in 2006, which started to generate some good news in the business. The results of the improvements we made became noticeable and people started to feel proud about what we had accomplished. Learning German well enough to operate effectively in either German or English was a great personal achievement.
Q: BIGGEST FAILURE AND WHAT IT TAUGHT YOU?
A: Not buying more stock during the darkest days of the downturn. Don't be afraid to take more risk.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AT WORK?
A: Raw materials, inflation and quality.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY SURPRISED YOU?
A: It's extremely fast paced and always changing.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
A: The only constant is change.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A PERSON CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?
A: There are and will continue to be great opportunities in the auto industry. Select an area that interests you. Go to a company that will develop you and provide you a range of development opportunities. Gain experience in different functional areas. Find a good mentor.
Q: IF YOU WERE CEO OF A COMPANY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
A: Ask questions and listen.
Q: WHAT JOB DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE?
A: CEO or U.S. Ambassador to France or Germany.
Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
A: Read. I also like to ski, hike and play basketball.
Q: FIRST CAR?
A: Ford Gran Torino.
Q: CURRENT CAR?
A: BMW 5 series.