Chances are, you've never heard of Ken Taylor. But should he leave you a voice message, get back to him immediately.
Taylor is the closest thing the North American auto industry has to a kingmaker. Well, sort of.
The Chicago headhunter, who emerged from the shadows only reluctantly to answer questions about his current assignment, is traveling the world to find someone to succeed J.T. Battenberg III as CEO of the industry's largest parts company, Delphi Corp.
Battenberg announced his retirement Feb. 23.
Taylor reveals little about his credentials as a consultant with the executive search firm Egon Zehnder International Inc.