Resume: Rolf Eckrodt
June 25, 1942, Gronau, Germany.
Mechanical engineering degree, University of Bochum (Germany), 1966.
Joins Daimler-Benz's passenger-car quality-assurance team, 1966.
Executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors.
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.
Hands out chunks of the Berlin Wall to top Mitsubishi Motors executives. Message: Leave no stone unturned in the company's ongoing restructuring.
Golf, handball, and soccer.
Married, two sons.
Data: Mitsubishi Motors, BusinessWeek