First off, I hate the whole “czar” term in our government. Ick.
But if we need a “car czar”, I can't think of a better candidate than Gary Convis, formerly of Toyota and Dana.
Automotive News writes:
Unfortunately, Washington also probably will rule out such highly qualified candidates as Gary Convis, the former head of Toyota's manufacturing operations in Georgetown, Ky. He has the benefit of not being a Detroit 3 grad.
You say you object to putting a former Toyota boss in charge of GM, Ford and Chrysler?
Convis DID work for both Ford and GM before Toyota. I think Convis is a great leader, he's a manufacturing guy, and a “gemba” guy. Who better to put some sense into the industry?? Click the “Convis” link below to read more about him or click here for my past posts.
I've seen Jack Welch's name floated around a few times. Are you kidding me? If you're a regular reader, you know what I think about his leadership style (or click here).
The only commenter on the Automotive News page suggested Ross Perot as a “true manufacturing person.” Um, not really.
On the topic, here's a commentary by Steven J. Spear about the automotive bailout. Stay tuned for a LeanBlog Podcast with Prof. Spear in the near future.
Another post by Matthew May, called “What Would Ohno Do?”
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