August 06, 2007
When Ford held the first press conference to introduce ex-Boeing executive Alan Mullaly to the press, he was asked what kind of car he drove: A Lexus, he responded.
Today, ex-Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli was asked the same at his first press conference as Chrysler chairman CEO. He said he has a fleet of vehicles that includes some Chrysler products. Among them are a Jeep, a Chrysler PT Cruiser and a Plymouth Prowler.
“My first car when I graduated from high school in 1966 was a Dodge Dart GT,” Nardelli said at today’s press conference. “My first date with my wife was in that Dodge Dart GT. I thought I was Lee Petty.”
He said when his appointment to head Chrysler was announced, his wife sent him an email saying “it must be fate” that he got the job.