Dr. Dieter Zetsche, president and CEO of theChrysler Group, has been named World Trader of the Year by the DetroitRegional Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented annually to anindividual or company that has demonstrated exceptional involvement andmade significant contributions in the promotion of international trade inSoutheast Michigan."Under Dr. Zetsche's leadership, DaimlerChrysler continues to be not onlyan international leader, but also is a great corporate citizen in ourregion," said Benjamin Maibach III, chairman of the Detroit RegionalChamber of Commerce. "Both serve to enhance our region's image and staturein the world community."Zetsche has been president and CEO of the Chrysler Group since November2000. He is responsible for the worldwide operations of Chrysler, Jeep® andDodge, and is also a member of the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management.Since assuming the helm of the Chrysler Group, Dieter Zetsche has becomeactive with many Detroit-area civic and community-based organizations. Hecurrently serves as Chairman of the Detroit Economic Club and of theupcoming 2003 NAACP Dinner. Additionally, Zetsche serves on the boards ofDetroit Renaissance, the Greater Downtown Partnership, Detroit SymphonyOrchestra, Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) and the Economic Alliancefor Michigan.Since 1954, the World Trader of the Year Award has been presented annuallyby the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. With more than 19,000 members,the Detroit Chamber is the largest in the United States. This year, theChamber will also celebrate 100 years of service to the Detroit-areabusiness community.The World Trader of the Year Award will be presented tonight during aceremony in Dearborn, Michigan.