Nardelli: Cerberus Not Second-Guessing Chrysler Purchase. What About CEO Choice?S

Cerberus Capital Management is not second-guessing its 2007 purchase of Chrysler from Daimler, and the the business is "on track," Chrysler LLC CEO Robert Nardelli said Tuesday at a Wall Street Journal press conference. Nardelli has been facing speculation that Cerberus got in over its head with the Chrysler purchase, particularly in light of U.S. sales that are down 25.4 percent in May and 19.3 percent for the year to-date compared with the same period a year ago. We suspect Cerberus is speculating that Nardelli got in over his head when he took the top spot.

Not surprisingly, Nardelli said that Chrysler might have to "go back and resize" production plans. He also reiterated his expectation that Chrysler would remain a private company, explaining that there were clear advantages to running Chrysler under private equity ownership rather than as a public company. For example, not having to tell reporters a damn thing except, "we are guarded but optimistic. We are very encouraged in what we have accomplished." Which would be what, exactly?
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