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Jim Press hired by Nissan-Renault

by Bill Cawthon on

Former Chrysler LLC vice-chairman and president Jim Press has been hired as a consultant for Nissan-Renault’s global sales and marketing operation. Press has been working with the company for four months but the official announcement came just yesterday.

“He’s visited with our dealers in the States, Europe and Japan and has already begun providing substantial input,” said Simon Sproule, a spokesman for the alliance, told Bloomberg News.

Press, hired away from Toyota by Cerberus Capital Management, was the last of three leaders installed by Cerberus Capital Management after it acquired 80% of Chrysler from Daimler AG. Press left Chrysler last fall after the new Chrysler Group emerged from bankruptcy last year.

Tom LaSorda, Chrysler’s other vice-chairman and president, is now lead director on the board of ALTe, LLC, an Auburn Hills, Michigan-based start-up working on hybrid powertrain systems for automotive applications.

Bob Nardelli, Chrysler’s Chairman and CEO under Cerberus, recently took over at NewPage Corp., an Ohio-based manufacturer of coated paper. Nardelli is also CEO of Cerberus Operating and Advisory Co.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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