Gary Henson, a DaimlerChrysler Corp. executive who spent most of his career at General Motors, will replace the retiring Dennis Pawley as head of manufacturing.
Henson, 56, was appointed senior vice president of manufacturing, effective Jan. 1, of DaimlerChrysler Corp., the North American unit of DaimlerChrysler AG.
His appointment and others were announced last week.
Henson will be responsible for worldwide assembly, stamping and component manufacturing of Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth products.
Pawley is retiring Jan. 31 as executive vice president of manufacturing and labor relations. He is one of 18 members of the DaimlerChrysler AG management board.
Henson was not given Pawley's seat on the DaimlerChrysler AG board of management. The company has not announced yet who will replace Pawley on the board. No-body, including Henson, has been ruled out, said Rita McKay, a DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman.
Henson was senior vice president of large and small-car, Jeep and truck assembly and stamping operations. He is a relative newcomer to Auburn Hills, having joined the former Chrysler Corp. in mid-1994. Henson had spent 32 years at General Motors, primarily in manufacturing.
The company also said Richard Schaum has been appointed senior vice president of quality and powertrain operations at DaimlerChrysler Corp. Schaum had been vice president of quality and serviceability, and general manager of powertrain operations.
Both Henson and Schaum will report to Tom Stallkamp, president of DaimlerChrysler Corp.