It’s only been eighteen months since Deborah Wahl Meyer left Lexus to become Chrysler’s Chief Marketing Officer — unfortunately, it was eighteen months that were especially unkind to the automotive industry:
As Chrysler heads into a month-long plant shutdown, the automaker has announced a realignment of its sales and marketing operations.
After 18 months on the job, Chrysler CMO Deborah Meyer is stepping down from her post, effective immediately, in order to pursue “other opportunities,” per the company. The short-lived chief marketing position is being eliminated altogether.
Meyer joined Chrysler in August 2007 from Toyota Motor Sales USA, where she served as vp, marketing of the company’s Lexus unit. She was Toyota’s first CMO.
As you may remember, Meyer was one of two high profile departures from Toyota’s senior management last year. Former Lexus General Manager Jim Farley also left the company, taking on the CMO position at Ford.
I wonder if either would like a mulligan now?