Monday, May 5, 2008

Chrysler recruits another Toyota executive

Sigmund Huber became director of supplier relations effective May 1

DETROIT -- Chrysler LLC has raided Toyota for another executive. Sigmund Huber, most recently general manager for external and corporate affairs for Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America in Erlanger, Ky., became director of supplier relations for Chrysler effective May 1, according to Chrysler spokesman Kevin Frazier.

Huber was with Toyota for nine years and had also been in charge of Toyota's purchasing relations. Huber will report to John Campi, Chrysler executive vice president for procurement.

Frazier said Huber would also be responsible for setting up a "global risk management process in Chrysler's procurement organization."

So far, the most prominent executive Chrysler recruited from Toyota is Jim Press, who worked for Toyota 37 years before being named president and vice chairman of Chrysler last September.

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