Met secretly with Juergen Schrempp during the Detroit auto show in January. Ten months later, they were chairmen of DaimlerChrysler AG.
Moving up to Ford president and CEO after delivering head-turning profits and products. Assembles international cadre to comb the globe for growth.
Continues to push Toyota deeper into alternative technology and nonautomotive investments. Shows how to make money, even in a recession.
Volkswagen AG grows by adding Rolls-Royce plant, Bugatti and Lamborghini names. And it can't make enough New Beetles and redesigned Passats.
VW bought the Rolls-Royce plant. Then Pischetsrieder dropped the bomb: BMW owned the Rolls-Royce name. BMW walked off with the real plum.
He struck out with Ford, but hit a home run with Chrysler. He is chairman of Daimler-Chrysler AG, along with Robert Eaton.
Magna International chairman gets big stake in Austria's Steyr-Daimler Puch; wins seat contract for GM's small cars; calls himself Tier 0.5.
New Saturn chief is the first woman to run a U.S. carmaking operation. Has strong credentials in engineering and management.
The UAW's fiery president approved two strikes that cost GM $2.5 billion. The debacle convinced GM it must improve its abysmal labor relations.
GM's champion of brand management triumphed in August shakeup. As GM North America president, Zarrella can carry out his marketing strategy.