Jacques Nasser, who resigned under pressure last October as CEO of Ford Motor Co., is poking around Silicon Valley in California for a position as a high-tech executive, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
Nasser said he is more interested in a hot up-and-coming operation than an established company that needs an experienced leader. And he isn't hung up on being CEO, he said. "I'm not stuck on titles," he told the newspaper. "Sometimes CEO is an overblown position."
ON THE DANGER LIST - Eleven sites important to Michigan's contribution to the nation's auto industry are sorely in need of revitalization, says the Motorcities-Automobile National Heritage Area, a nonprofit group trying to preserve automobile heritage areas. Constance Bodurow, the group's executive director, said the sites should be "put to productive use" for commercial, educational and tourist purposes. Among the sites: Ford's Rouge Plant in Dearborn, the old Packard plant in Detroit and the administration building of the Ford Highland Park Plant, which was the birthplace of the assembly line.
FORD WINS THE RAT RACE - A team from Ford won the 13th annual Carey Wall Street Rat Race in Manhattan May 21. The race benefits VSA arts, which supports artists with disabilities. But this in not your typical race. Participants had to run a 2.5-mile course in business attire. The first-place runner and the winning team received rat hats, artwork and trophies. Ford team members Doug Kurtis, a computer systems analyst, finished second, and Windstar engineer Jeramie Carbonaro was third, giving the Ford group a better combined score than other teams, a Ford spokeswoman said. Kurtis and Carbonaro work in Dearborn, Mich. Ford had three teams in the race and also sponsored two teams of New York firefighters. The event raised $50,000 for VSA arts.
PRICEY PROWLER - When DaimlerChrysler announced that it would donate the last Chrysler Prowler for a charity auction at Christie's Auction House in New York, prognosticators expected the car to fetch $40,000 to $60,000. But the blue Prowler, which came with a Mopar luggage trailer, went for $175,000 at the May 18 auction, to retired Houston businessman Michael Krehel. Krehel is a Prowler enthusiast who owns 14 other Prowlers - including the last produced with the Plymouth badge. "I've got one in every color," said Krehel, who plans to display the vehicle privately. Proceeds from the auction went to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The base price of a 2002 Prowler, including destination, is $45,400.