Peter J. Pestillo

Peter J. Pestillo

Peter J. Pestillo (born March 22, 1938, in Bristol, Connecticut, USA) is the former Chairman and CEO of Visteon based in Dearborn, Michigan from January 1, 2000 to May 31, 2004. Pestillo became the first CEO and chairman of the Visteon when it was spun off from Ford Motor Company. The new company was created in an effort headed by Pestillo to make Visteon a leading independent automotive-systems supplier.]

Pestillo was the Honorary Chairman of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2001. [ Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and Museum ] ]


Pestillo began his career holding several industrial relations positions at General Electric, before launching his automotive industry career in July 1974 when he became vice president of employee relations at B.F. Goodrich. In January 1980, Pestillo joined the Ford Motor Company as vice president of labor relations. Five years later, he became the company's vice president of employee relations. He added external affairs to his responsibilities in 1986. Pestillo was named Ford's vice president of corporate relations and diversified businesses in 1990 and in 1993 became its executive vice president for corporate relations. In January 1999, he was named Ford's vice chairman and chief of staff.


Pestillo received his bachelor's degree in economic from Fairfield University in 1960 and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1963. He also graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.


External links

* [ Visteon Profile]
* [ Motor Sports Hall of Fame of America Profile]
* [ Speech: Peter J. Pestillo at University of Michigan Management Briefing Seminar, Traverse City] , August 4, 1999
* [ Speech: Peter J. Pestillo at The Akron Roundtable] , May 16, 2002

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