Lee Iacocca ( Iacocca Lido; * October 15, 1924 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American former manager of the automotive industry, working for several American companies, and author of several books. In the list of the best American CEO Portfolio.com ranked him the 18th spot.
Born the son of Italian immigrants, Iacocca began after studying engineering in August 1946 his career as a trainee at Ford until 1964, he was promoted to General of the Ford Division, a division of the Ford Motor Company.
Iacocca was instrumental in the development of the Mustang rolled off the assembly line from 9 March 1964. In 1965, he became vice president of the Ford car and truck production. Between 1970 and 1978 Iacocca was finally president of the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. Henry Ford II fired him due to personal differences on 13 July 1978 after which Iacocca moved to the top leadership of the Chrysler Corporation, which at that time had great economic difficulties. As of November 2, 1978, he started with the renovation of the then ailing automaker.
In 1980, he developed the modular system K -Car (compact car), which has also been used by Dodge in Aries and Plymouth Reliant. A modular system of this kind he had already proposed Ford, where it was rejected.
Finally, in 1993 forced the Chrysler board a generational change and sent Iacocca retired. Today, Iacocca devoted primarily to his foundation for diabetics and occurs occasionally in commercials on - among other things for Chrysler.
- An American career. Bertelsmann, 1985, ISBN 978-3548343884; this biography about him was among the best-sellers
- My American Dream - Talking Straight. Bastion - Luebbe, 1988, ISBN 3-404-61175-6
- Where Have All the Leaders Gone? ( English), Scribner, 2008, ISBN 978-1416532491