Susan Unger of DaimlerChrysler and Larry Jutte of Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. have joined the roster of panelists for the Automotive News World Congress. The two executives will be on a Jan. 16 panel titled 'Collaborative Commerce: From e-Procurement to e-Design.'
Unger, senior vice president and chief information officer of DaimlerChrysler, was hired by Chrysler Corp. in 1972. She has led DaimlerChrysler's post-acquisition information-technology strategy, focusing on three objectives: empower design, enable volume production and support company sales and service.
She oversees 4,000 employees.
Jutte is senior vice president and general manager of parts and procurement for motorcycle and auto powertrain at Honda of Am- erica Manufacturing. Since 1998 he has overseen Honda's dealings with more than 450 North American suppliers, which accounted for $7 billion in purchasing for production in 1999.
He wants to work with suppliers to decrease development cycles using Honda's new manufacturing system.
Jutte joined Honda in 1985. In 1995 he became vice president and launched the 1996 Civic and Acura's first CL. He directs more than 13,000 employees.