As I perused, with great interest, the Automotive News All-Stars for 2005 (July 11), I noticed a category of executive that is missing from your "dream team."
Conspicuously absent is a legal category.
Perhaps many people would prefer not to have a lawyer on their team. However, as many executives have learned, a failure to consult with legal counsel often has serious, if not catastrophic, consequences.
The July 11 issue also had three articles devoted to significant lawsuits that would have an impact on both dealers and manufacturers.
In fact, I can't remember the last time I read Automotive News without coming across an article that at least mentioned litigation.
If Dieter Zetsche, as top CEO, is to be the manager of your dream team, I bet you he's going to want a third-base coach who will tell your runners to stop before they get thrown out at home.
That is how I see the role of corporate counsel.
Next year, perhaps you can introduce a category to honor a top legal mind.
Who knows? Maybe it will help improve the collective reputation of those of us who work hard to defend the automotive industry.
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