In July, John Miller was named executive vice president of MSX, a company that wants to expand outside the auto industry into new fields.
'Much of my strength has come from people skills,' Miller says. 'I was a liberal arts graduate, but I wasn't intimidated by the technical part of the business.'
Miller oversees collaborative engineering, quality relationship management, supply-chain management and personnel management.
Miller will figure out how to transfer MSX expertise into airlines, financial institutions, technology networks and other industries.
MSX International provides contract engineering and other technological services to automakers. It has more than 14,000 employees in 23 countries.
CEO Thomas Stallkamp worked with Miller at Chrysler Corp. and recruited him from Ford Motor Co.
Miller had been executive director for product development operations at Ford. There, he helped define how Ford would operate globally.
Before that, Miller was at Chrysler as vice president of product planning. He headed the large-car platform and helped launch the Intrepid, Concord and Sebring models.