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Newsroom Lear Announces Executive Appointments In Its Asian OEM Group

Southfield, Mich., January 24, 2005 – Lear Corporation [NYSE:LEA] today announced the following organizational changes, effective immediately:

Gideon Jewel has been named president of the Japanese Customer Focused Division, reporting to Doug DelGrosso, President and Chief Operating Officer –Americas, and Don Stebbins, President and Chief Operating Officer – Europe, Asia and Africa. Based in Japan, Jewel is responsible for the global business and strategic activities related to Lear's Japanese customers.

Peter Kong continues as President - Asia Pacific Operations, with key emphasis on Lear's business in China, India, Korea and Thailand. Located in Singapore, Kong reports to Don Stebbins.

Tim McAndrew has been named vice president of Lear's Asian OEM Group and is responsible for all activities in that division's Plymouth, Mich. office. McAndrew will manage the day-to-day business in Plymouth as well as coordinating global resources to meet the needs of Lear's Asian customer's requirements. He will report to Gideon Jewel.

“Gideon, Peter and the entire Asian OEM team have done an outstanding job in their efforts to develop our business in Asia and grow our sales with Asian automakers globally, said Bob Rossiter, Lear Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “They have the full support of the entire Lear team, and we look forward to further developing our business with these customers and continuing to grow our worldwide sales.

Lear Corporation, a FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, USA, focuses on integrating complete automotive interiors, including seat systems, interior trim and electrical systems. Further information about Lear and its products is available on the internet at

Posted on 1/24/2005

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