Visteon hires Stallkamp protege

Visteon Corp. has chosen a protege of former Chrysler Corp. purchasing guru Tom Stallkamp to lead supplier relations. The Dearborn, Mich., company last week appointed Jonathan Maples to vice president of quality and materials management.

Maples was

an architect of the now-defunct Supplier Cost Reduction Effort, or SCORE, program at Chrysler that shared cost savings with suppliers. He followed Stall-kamp to MSX International in 2000 as executive vice president of business services. At Visteon, he is charged with leading quality improvement efforts and building partnerships with suppliers.

Improving purchasing activities has been a key goal of Visteon President Michael Johnston. He aimed to trim expenses by $700 million this year, partially through better materials management.

Maples replaces Stephen Delaney, who left the company this year.

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