Donald A. Winkler
Winkler was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, through
December 2001, of Ford Financial, the largest automotive finance
company in the world.
Winkler is well known for his distinctive approach to business
management and leadership development. His Breakthrough Leadership
process has been featured in several major publications such
as The New York Times, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal noted in a lengthy article on Don's philosophy,
"Don Winkler has a brain for the 21st Century."
approach to management is highlighted in the new business
book, "Simplicity: The New Competitive Advantage in a
World of More, Better, Faster." Author Bill Jensen describes
Don Winkler's approach to problems this way: "Don believes
the real breakthroughs in business often result from organizing
information in ways that enable people to ask new and tougher
questions about critical issues." He is a professor of
Corporate Strategies and International Business at the University
of Michigan School of Business Administration. Don's graduate
course on Breakthrough Leadership is called Driving Fundamental
Change in a Business: A CEO's Perspective.
dynamic approach to organizational effectiveness and problem
solving has resulted in increased annual earnings of 20 to
30 percent for the businesses he has managed. Prior to his
appointment at Ford Credit, Don served as Chairman and CEO
of Finance One, the finance company arm of Bank One Corporation.
Under his direction, Finance One became the nation's second
largest bank-owned provider of automotive financing. While
there, Don served as a financial advisor in the establishment
of the automotive Internet site, carsdirect.com. Before Bank
One, he held several domestic and international senior positions
active participant in civic life, Don is a national spokesperson
in educating people about learning differences. He is a board
member of the International Dyslexia Association and the National
Center for Learning Disabilities and has served as a Trustee
of the Forman School in Litchfield, Conn. He is a trustee
at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The college
awarded him an honorary doctorate. He serves as a board member
of the Financial Services Roundtable. He is married and has