Jack Thompson says he didn't get as far as he wanted in the past year in pushing his agenda as president of the Society of Automotive Engineers. So incoming president Duane Tiede will continue Thompson's goals of improving knowledge management, systems engineering and digital product development.
Thompson's one-year term as president will end March 12, the day after this year's SAE World Congress ends. Thompson, 64, retired last June from DaimlerChrysler AG as director of computer-aided engineering and concept development for the Chrysler group, after 39 years with the company.
Tiede, 60, retired in 2000 from CNH Global N.V. as vice president of functional engineering. CNH, of Lake Forest, Ill., makes agricultural and construction equipment under the Case and New Holland brands.
Thompson spoke with Staff Reporter Julie Armstrong about his presidential term.