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Contentious Campi Chrysler career cancelled

by David Zatz on

John Campi, the Chrysler purchasing chief imported from Home Depot (which gave him a multi-million dollar severance package), left Chrysler today, citing health reasons. He was immediately replaced by 44-year old Scott Garberding, who joined Chrysler in 1996, prior to the Daimler takeover. Garberding had been vice president of global alliance operations.

Some sources familiar with Chrysler had said that Campi was aggressive with suppliers, and enthusiastic about switching to Chinese suppliers, resulting in rumored debacles around failed (before production) camshafts and batteries. Campi was known for initiating lawsuits against suppliers, whose cooperation may be needed as the company works to reduce its expenditures and maintain credit.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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