Distinguished Speaker – Susan Unger

The Fox School’s Institute for Business and Information Technology presents the Distinguished Speaker Series, featuring talks by leading professionals on essential business technology topics.

Susan Unger

IT-Creating Powerful Choices for Business and for Individuals

Susan J. Unger
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
DaimlerChrysler AG

March 13, 2007


About the event

The role of information technology both in business and in our personal lives is expanding, growing more strategic, and creating choices that were not imaginable even a decade ago. We have moved into an age of instant access, global reach, and the virtualization of pretty much everything. All of this is supported both by our core efficiencies and an accelerating rate of innovation. IT is all about performance and passion. Join Sue Unger, Senior Vice President and CIO of DaimlerChrysler AG as she shares her passion for the power of IT and the value it brings to companies and people around the world.


Susan J. Unger was named Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for DaimlerChrysler AG in November 1998 and is responsible for directing systems and computer hardware strategy and planning, systems applications development, data center operations and telecommunications network operations for DaimlerChrysler AG.

Unger joined Chrysler Corporation in September 1972 as a financial analyst in Sales and Marketing.

Her work and academic background include:
• Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer – DaimlerChrysler AG, 1998
• Executive Director – Information Services, Chrysler Corporation, 1993
• Finance Director – Product Development and Jeep/Truck Operations, 1993
• Director – Corporate Financial Analysis, 1991
• Various managerial positions in Finance – 1973-1990
• Financial Analyst – Sales & Marketing, 1972
• M.B.A. Finance, Wayne State University, 1979
• B.A. Economics, Michigan State University, 1972

Sue Unger is a board member of the Detroit Science Center and the Center for Leadership of the Digital Enterprise at Michigan State Eli Broad College of Business. She’s also a member of the Kleiner Perkins CIO Strategy Exchange Forum, the Research Board, the Automotive Women’s Alliance, the University of Michigan College of Engineering National Advisory Committee, the Wayne State University Foundation Board, and the President’s Campaign Cabinet at Michigan State University. She’s past board member of CyberMichigan and past president and board member of the Eli Broad Board in the College of Business at Michigan State University.

Awards include Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management “2006 Fox Information Technology Leader Award,” Automotive Hall of Fame “2006 Distinguished Service Citation,” 2005 Automotive News “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry” and 2004 Phoenix Mill Women’s Museum “Pioneer Award.” She’s also received an “Alumni Service Award” from Michigan State University, Association of Women in Computing “Top American Women” award, “CIO of the Year” by Salomon Smith Barney, “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” from Wayne State University School of Business Administration, “Detroit’s Most Influential Women” by Crain’s Detroit Business, “Outstanding Alumni” from Michigan State University Broad College and the Automation Alley “CIO of the Year” award.

Ms. Unger was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Attendance is free on a space available basis for qualified industry and academic professionals. For more information, please contact ibit@temple.edu.