Former Chrysler Corp. manufacturing chief Dennis K. Pawley always said that a good operating system would survive the loss of any one person. With Mr. Pawley's retirement to consultant work and Gary L. Henson's ascension to the top manufacturing job for DaimlerChrysler Corp., the Chrysler Operating System (COS) Mr. Pawley fathered will be put to that test. “The process is so big that if Denny had walked away and I said ‘I don't think so,’ it wouldn't fly. I'd have a revolt on my hands,” ...

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