7 January 2008 | Paul Snell
US car manufacturer Chrysler has appointed John Campi as its new executive vice-president - procurement.
He joins the car maker from Genesis Consulting Group and he previously worked at retailer The Home Depot, where he acted as senior vice-president of sourcing and vendor management. Robert Nardelli, who was appointed as chairman and chief executive of Chrysler in August last year, also joined from the retailer. Campi has 35 years' purchasing experience and has also worked as CPO at DuPont.
He will report to Chrysler's president Tom LaSorda and replaces Simon Boag, who is taking the newly created role of executive vice-president - global alliance operations.
"Purchasing plays a critical role in cost management and building high-quality vehicles for our customers, and affects every facet of the company," said Campi. "My goal is to take a disciplined approach to purchasing and apply best practices learned from both within and outside the automotive industry."
But Campi will not take control of the firm's supply operations, which includes logistics, packaging, materials handling and production scheduling, previously handled by Boag. This is being transferred to Chrysler's manufacturing division, under the control of Joe Chao, vice-president - advance manufacturing engineering and supply.