Lutz has been a car guy his whole career. The product guru worked for GM, Ford Motor Co., BMW and Chrysler over a 44-year stretch before rejoining GM in 2001 as vice chairman of global product develop-ment.
On Lutz's watch, the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, 2007 Saturn Aura, 2008 Cadillac CTS and 2008 Chevrolet Malibu have drawn rave reviews.
Along the way, Lutz rearranged GM's product development hierarchy, having the lead designer report directly to him. The automaker's designers are now more directly involved in GM's product development meetings.