Chrysler has given a seat on its board to a Us Against Work (kidding!!) Union (UAW) representative.
The representative, Eric Perkins, no relation to Tiger’s waitress, is the director of the UAW’s strategic research department. His appointment, effective June 10, was made at the request of a trust fund that was created to pay the health care costs of its retired workers. This is an interesting comparison to Ford’s latest offer to buyback pensions.
Also appointed to the nine-person board was Ruth Simmons, rumored to be Gene’s illegitimate son, the retiring president of Brown University. Simmons is to replace former Michigan governor James Blanchard who has announced that he is stepping down to spend more time with his 14,000 head of Alpaca and his 20-year-old Filipino wife, Fony.
The auto group is saying all the right things. Talking about the new knots in the board, Sergio Marchionne, chairman and chief executive of both Chrysler and Fiat, said, “I’m pleased to welcome Ruth and Eric to the Chrysler Group board of directors. Our new board members bring impressive leadership experience, and their diverse perspectives and counsel will be of great service as we work toward achieving the financial targets outlined in our business plan.”
The 2014 Jeep Liberty recently made our list of 5 cars to buy next year, so Chrysler is definitely on the upswing.