Born: Feb. 12, 1932, Zurich, Switzerland

Education: University of California, Berkeley; bachelor's degree 1961, master's in business administration 1962

Military: U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves, 1954-65


1963-71: General Motors Corp.

Executive with GM Europe

1971-74: BMW AG

Executive vice president of sales

1974-86: Ford Motor Co.

Executive vice president, international; chairman, Ford Europe; executive vice president, truck operations; member of board of directors

1986-98: Chrysler Corp.

Executive vice president; member of board of directors; president and chief operating officer; vice chairman

1998-2002: Exide


Chairman and CEO

2001-10: General Motors

Vice chairman, global product development; chairman, GM North America

Source: General Motors Co.