Sunday, December 14, 2008

Chrysler purchasing boss Campi leaves

Robert Sherefkin
and Bradford Wernle
Automotive News

DETROIT -- Chrysler LLC purchasing chief John Campi told suppliers this afternoon that today is his last official day on the job. He said he was leaving because of health reasons.

Chrysler named Scott Garberding, 44, to replace Campi, 64. Garberding joined Chrysler in 1996. His most recent title was vice president of global alliance operations.

Campi joined Chrysler in January and immediately signaled a change of direction in purchasing policy. He said Chrysler needed to buy more components from low-cost countries, particularly in Asia.

He promised to collaborate, but during his tenure, Chrysler repeatedly sued suppliers over contract disputes.

Campi was a trusted ally of Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli during Nardelli's previous tenure as chairman of retailer Home Depot Inc., where he also was purchasing chief.

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