DaimlerChrysler Corp. reorganized its automotive operations to solidify its status as the Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep-Dodge division of DaimlerChrysler AG.
The changes were announced by Jim Holden, wh o seems firmly in control of North American operations. Holden replaced Tom Stallkamp as president of DaimlerChrysler Corp. on Sept. 24 when parent company DaimlerChrysler AG pared its management board to 14 and established three a utomotive divisions: Mercedes-Benz/Smart, Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep-Dodge and commercial vehicles.
The biggest change is the appointment of Susan Cischke to senior vice president of regulatory affairs and passenger-car operations, re placing Ronald Boltz, who is retiring Dec. 31. Cischke had been vice president of vehicle certification, compliance and regulatory affairs.
Other key personnel changes made last week were:
John Miller appointed to the new positio n of vice president of product planning. He had been vice president and general manager of large-car platform engineering.
Richard Schaum appointed senior vice president of platform engineering and quality and general manager of p owertrain operations. He had been senior vice president of quality and powertrain operations.
Bernard Robertson is senior vice president of engineering technologies and general manager of truck operations.
Gary Henson appointed executive vice president of manufacturing, replacing Dennis Pawley, who retired earlier this year.
The senior vice presidents will report to Tom Gale, a member of the DaimlerChrysler AG board of management responsible for product development and design of the Chrysler, Plymouth, Jeep and Dodge brands.
'This is a logical evolution of our recent decision to structure the DaimlerChrysler automotive businesses in three divisions,' Holden said in a statement. 'After a year of working together, DaimlerChrysler has concluded that its automotive businesses can best function as individual divisions of DaimlerChrysler AG.'