Cerberus Capital Management shocked the auto world when it brought in an outsider, former Home Depot and General Electric executive Bob Nardelli, to run Chrysler. The industry word was that former Chrysler COO Wolfgang Bernhard would get the job.
But Nardelli has wasted no time during his first 31/2 months on the job. The hiring of prominent executives, including Toyota's former North American leader Jim Press, has made the early press clippings seem like distant history.
In his first full-length interview, Nardelli discussed Chrysler's future with Automotive News Managing Editor Rick Johnson, News Editor Dave Guilford and Staff Reporter Bradford Wernle.