DaimlerChrysler shuffles management to meet with IT demands

DaimlerChrysler is re-organising its senior IT management to ensure IT is aligned with the demands of the overall...

DaimlerChrysler is re-organising its senior IT management to ensure IT is aligned with the demands of the overall business.

As part of the changes, two new positions have been created.

Globally, Michael Gorriz will become vice-president and chief information officer of Mercedes Car Group (MCG) and ITM Business Systems. This will consolidate responsibility for ITM for Business Systems and MCG into one position.

In the US, Karenann Terrell has been promoted to vice-president and CIO of Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz North America.

Both Gorriz and Terrell will report to DaimlerChrysler chief information officer, Susan Unger.

To streamline procurement and supply IT administration and communications Joseph Bulat, DaimlerChrysler director of global procurement and supply technology systems will report directly to Unger.

In addition to these three changes, Helmut Mahler, vice-president of ITM commercial vehicles and sales; Robert Smith, director of ITM controlling and supply management; and Eberhard Cluss, CIO Mercedes Car Group, who will soon retire, will also report to Unger.

"These changes in our information technology management (ITM) will allow the company to better capitalise on current and future IT opportunities and challenges," said Unger.

"Our ITM group is a competitive advantage for DaimlerChrysler and we are committed to keeping it in-house for the long term. Our ITM organisation is customised but flexible enough to support the needs of our own business operations and changes in the market."

Through the reorganisation Unger will report directly to Juergen Schrempp, DaimlerChrysler chairman of the board of management.

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