Apple car hints: Company hires Chrysler executive, robotic car expert – LA … – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

In another sign that Apple might get into the auto business, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has quietly hired a former senior executive from Chrysler.

Doug Betts, who was Chrysler’s quality chief and a senior vice president until November, now says on his LinkedIn profile that he works for Apple in a nonspecific “operations” position.

Before Chrysler, Betts worked for Nissan Motors Manufacturing and Toyota Motors Manufacturing.

Betts describes himself as a “senior executive with proven track record of inspirational leadership, innovation, and core knowledge of lean manufacturing and manufacturing quality methods working in a global quality role.”

He says he has a “hands-on knowledge and execution of Toyota Production System operations methodology” and has extensive quality planning, supplier development, manufacturing operations and general management experience.


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