Tom Sidlik, DaimlerChrysler's North American purchasing chief, will be the featured speaker at the 1999 Automotive News PACE Awards ceremony on March 1.
Sidlik is responsible for the automaker's North American procurement and supply-chain management, supplier development, international sourcing, production controls and logistics. He also is responsible for Jeep operations.
He joined the purchasing world when he succeeded Tom Stallkamp in early 1998 as Chrysler Corp.'s executive vice president in charge of procurement and supply. Stallkamp was credited widely with creating a strong partnership between Chrysler and its suppliers. That reputation continues.
Sidlik was named to the DaimlerChrysler management board last November after Chrysler's merger with Daimler-Benz AG. He joined the company in 1980. He also was vice president and chairman of Chrysler Financial Corp., general manager for small-car operations and vice president of customer satisfaction and vehicle quality.
Sidlik will speak at the Monday evening PACE Awards presentation ceremony. The PACE Awards, co-sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP, honor excellence among automotive suppliers.
The event will take place at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.