John Riccardo, Chrysler CEO who helped recruit Iacocca, dies at 91

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DETROIT -- John J. Riccardo, the former accountant nicknamed The Flamethrower who rose to become chairman and CEO of Chrysler and later helped recruit Lee Iacocca to become his successor as the company’s fortunes quickly soured in the late 1970s, died on Saturday. He was 91.

Riccardo died after attending a University of Michigan basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich. His son Rev. John Riccardo Jr. eulogized his father today during Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Plymouth, Mich.

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