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Marchionne awarded Deming Cup

by Bill Cawthon on

Columbia Business School’s W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness awarded Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC and CEO of Fiat S.p.A., with the Deming Cup at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library in New York City on Wednesday, November 2.

The Deming Cup is an annual prize, awarded for the first time in 2010, recognizing world leaders who make outstanding contributions in operational excellence and foster continuous cultural improvements in their organization. The only previous recipient is Sam Palmisano, CEO of IBM.

The Deming Center was founded by Dr. William Edwards Deming shortly before his death in 1993. Deming was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer and consultant best known for his work in Japan where he taught top management how to improve design, product quality, testing and sales through various methods, including the application of statistical methods. He is regarded as having had more impact upon Japanese manufacturing and business than any other individual not of Japanese heritage.

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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