Title: Automotive Executive
Location: Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Erick Reickert, Automotive Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executive for dedication, achievements, and leadership in strategic planning, product planning, new car development.
Unlike many of his peers who also graduated from Harvard University, Mr. Rieckert decided to go into manufacturing. This choice was fueled by his interest in cars, and working as an automotive executive was a perfect blend of his interest and skills. He first earned a BSEE from Northwestern University in 1958 and later received an MBA from Harvard University in 1965. He began his career at Ford Motor Co. in 1965, and worked in various positions in Dearborn, MI before becoming the vice president of export operations in England in 1973. In 1979, Mr. Rieckert return to Michigan as the executive director of small car planning. He remained in this position until 1984.
That same year, Mr. Rieckert accepted a position with Chrysler Motors as the vice president of advanced product placement, and soon became the vice president of program management at the manufacturing company. In 1987, he was made the chairman and managing director of Chrysler Mexico, and served in this role until 1989. He continued his executive leadership roles by serving as the chairman and CEO of Acustar Inc., as the vice president of powertrain operations at Chrysler and, prior to retirement, as the president and CEO of New Venture Gear Inc. He retired in 1996. Furthermore, Mr. Rieckert served on the board of directors of the Truck Components Inc. from 1994 to 1995.
Mr. Rieckert cites the achievement he is proudest of at Ford was the Fiesta car, a project that was seven years of his life. While at Chrysler, he is proudest in his work on turning the company around. When he started at Chrysler, the company was at a loss and when he left they were in the plus. In 2017, he published the book “Sail the World.” In addition, he has maintained professional affiliation with the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Harvard Business School Club of Detroit and the Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches. On a civic level, he has been involved with the Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan, the Children’s Center and served as Northwestern University’s Regent for Southeast Michigan.
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