AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Nardelli, Lutz join World Congress lineup

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Nardelli: New Chrysler CEO
Two of the industry's most talked-about leaders have joined the faculty of the 2008 Automotive News World Congress.

Chrysler LLC CEO Bob Nardelli will speak Tuesday evening, Jan. 22, and General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz will speak Wednesday evening, Jan. 23.Since taking the helm in August, Nardelli has made a splash by snatching big-name executives, shedding vehicles and cutting shifts at now privately owned Chrysler.

Nardelli was named CEO after a stint as CEO of Home Depot Inc. Before that, he spent 25 years at General Electric Co., where he was most recently a senior vice president.

Lutz: GM product development boss
Lutz has been a car guy his whole career. The product guru worked for GM, Ford Motor Co., BMW and Chrysler over a 44-year stretch before rejoining GM in 2001 as vice chairman of global product develop-ment.

On Lutz's watch, the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, 2007 Saturn Aura, 2008 Cadillac CTS and 2008 Chevrolet Malibu have drawn rave reviews.

Along the way, Lutz rearranged GM's product development hierarchy, having the lead designer report directly to him. The automaker's designers are now more directly involved in GM's product development meetings.

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