DETROIT - Kathleen Oswald, who rose at DaimlerChrysler to become one of the highest-ranking women in the auto industry, joins Ford Motor Co. this week.
Oswald survived 29 years of management changes and fiscal crises at the former Chrysler Corp.
But in November 2000, she and other Chrysler group leaders were ousted by CEO Dieter Zetsche. DaimlerChrysler AG restructured its North American operations after posting a $512 million operating loss in the third quarter.
Oswald, 51, was senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Chrysler.
She joins Ford as executive director of human resources customer operations.
She will oversee education and training, global recruiting, personnel relations, diversity and worklife planning, employee call centers, human resources technology systems, employee vehicle programs, and security and fire operations.
Oswald is one of several former Chrysler executives now at Ford. They include Chris Theodore, Ford vice president of North America Car, who was DaimlerChrysler's senior vice president of platform engineering.
Shamel Rushwin, Ford's vice president of vehicle operations, formerly oversaw DaimlerChrysler's minivan assembly operations and international manufacturing.