Resume: Rolf Eckrodt

BORN

June 25, 1942, Gronau, Germany.

EDUCATION

Mechanical engineering degree, University of Bochum (Germany), 1966.

FIRST JOB

Joins Daimler-Benz's passenger-car quality-assurance team, 1966.

CURRENT JOB

Executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Helps implement a companywide shift from engineering to marketing focus at Daimler-Benz; oversees a brutal restructuring at Mercedes-Benz do Brazil, putting the company back in the black; in 1998, implements a tough streamlining at Adtranz, an ailing European rail venture, then repackages it for sale to Canada's Bombardier.

COOLEST MOVE

Hands out chunks of the Berlin Wall to top Mitsubishi Motors executives. Message: Leave no stone unturned in the company's ongoing restructuring.

HOBBIES

Golf, handball, and soccer.

FAMILY

Married, two sons.

Data: Mitsubishi Motors, BusinessWeek

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