Chrysler Chairman Lee A. Iococca has announced a reorganization of Chrysler Corp.'s automotive operations, appointing two men to handle the responsibilities of Chrysler Motors president.
The realignment will also put cars and trucks under one organizational umbrella, and allow Chrysler to increase its focus on domestic product development.
Bennett E. Bidwell and Robert A. Lutz will split the duties previously held by Harold K. Sperlich, who is retiring as Chrysler Motors president Feb. 4.
"Fundamentally, I think Chrysler is just moving around people to make up for the retirement of Sperlich," said David Healy, an auto industry analyst with Drexel Burnham Lambert. "They're moving around the abler people to make up for (him)."