DaimlerChrysler Corp. countered its string of defections with a bit of a coup: luring the head of quality for General Motors Corp. Thomas LaSorda, a contender to succeed Donald Hackworth as GM's head of North American manufacturing, jumps to DCC as senior vice president of powertrain manufacturing. Mr. LaSorda, a Canadian who joined GM of Canada in 1977, replaces Carlos Lobo who becomes president and chief executive of New Venture Gear Inc., a DCC-GM joint venture that makes parts for ...

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