STUTTGART—German automaker DaimlerChrysler has created a new worldwide external affairs and public policy to be headed by group senior vice president Robert Liberatore. The company says the new group will further unify the company’s corporate representation with governments and societies around the world on behalf of all of its business units.
Liberatore, currently senior vice president of EAPP for the NAFTA region, will oversee a department with offices in more than 40 countries worldwide, reporting to Jurgen Schrempp, DaimlerChrysler chairman. Current senior vice president of EAPP worldwide (which excludes the NAFTA region) Matthias Kleinert will retire at the end of 2003, but remain with the company as a consultant.
In related moves, Michael Inacker will replace Kleinert, joining the company in the role of vice president in charge of the Stuttgart-based EAPP operation. Inacker heads the Berlin bureau of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper. He previously served two years at DaimlerChrysler as chief of the chairman’s planning staff.
Timothy McBride will be vice president, of the Washington, D.C.-based EAPP operation, which will oversee the Americas region. McBride is currently a DaimlerChrysler VP reporting to Rudiger Grube, board member for corporate development, and previously was vice president public affairs in the Washington EAPP office. Before joining DaimlerChrysler in 1995, McBride had extensive background in government service with the Reagan and Bush White Houses.
W. Frank Fountain has been named senior vice president in charge of the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based EAPP operation, which includes U.S. state government relations, community relations and the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund. Fountain is a 30-year veteran of the Chrysler Group and has been in his current role, which includes serving as president of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, since 1995.
The EAPP department’s primary role will be to manage “increasingly complex and interwoven domestic and international government policies” wherever DaimlerChrysler does business. In addition, the group will continue to play an important role in DaimlerChrysler’s corporate social responsibility efforts, including the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund.