DETROIT - Gary Henson has been named executive vice president of manufacturing at DaimlerChrysler Corp., replacing Dennis Pawley, who retired in January to become a consultant.
DaimlerChrysler Corp. is the North American arm of parent company DaimlerChrysler AG.
Henson, 57, has been senior vice president of manufacturing.
Although he replaces Pawley, Henson will not be a member of the DaimlerChrysler AG management board. Pawley's seat on that board was not filled after his departure.
It is up to Henson to continue with the Japanese-style manufacturing techniques that Pawley brought to the former Chrysler Corp.
Henson's appointment is effective Nov. 1.
Henson joined the former Chrysler Corp. in July 1994, as vice president of international manufacturing after serving 32 years with General Motors in manufacturing jobs and international operations.
Just before joining Chrysler, Henson was president and managing director of GM de Mexico.
Henson also worked as executive director of operations for GM's Vauxhall Motor Ltd. and as plant manager at the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird assembly plant in Ste. Therese, Quebec.
He held various jobs in GM's assembly plants in Ypsilanti, Mich.; Arlington, Texas; and St. Louis between 1962 and 1978.
Henson was born in Maywood, Calif. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1975 from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Henson will be one of the manufacturing experts addressing the 2000 Automotive News World Congress' panel discussion on Jan. 18 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.
The DaimlerChrysler board also named Ulrich Kowalewski director of the Mercedes-Benz office in Munich, Germany, replacing Wolfgang Schrempp, the brother of DaimlerChrysler Chairman Juergen Schrempp.
Wolfgang Schrempp was named CEO of DaimlerChrysler Italia, succeeding the retiring Jochen Prange, during the Sept. 24 management board shuffle.
Tom Stallkamp lost his job as president of DaimlerChrysler Corp. in that management reorganization.
In other changes:
Rainer Thiel, current director of globalization and regional strategy, will become vice president of engines Nov. 1.
Joachim Schmidt, former director of Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing, will join the new Mercedes-Benz/Smart Division as senior vice president of sales for Mercedes-Benz.