Dana Corporation Executive Selected as Baldrige Award Judge

Nov 14, 2003

    TOLEDO, Ohio, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN)
announced today that Joseph Sober, a vice president and general manager within
Dana's Automotive Systems Group, has been selected to serve a three-year term
as a judge for the Baldrige National Quality Program.
    (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990903/DANA )
    Mr. Sober has been actively involved with the Baldrige program since 1993.
He was recommended to serve as a judge by the Baldrige National Quality
Program and was approved by United States Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans.
Dana has had several representatives chosen as Baldrige examiners; however,
Mr. Sober is the first from Dana to be selected as a judge.
    "I'm greatly honored and humbled to be chosen for such a prestigious
appointment," said Mr. Sober.  "I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge
with those businesses and organizations involved in the Baldrige program,
while at the same time learning from some of the best organizations in the
    There are a total of nine national Baldrige Award judges. Their roles and
responsibilities include:
     - selecting applicants to advance to the consensus and site visit stages,
       and recommending award recipients;
     - participating in the Baldrige examiner selection process;
     - providing input into the criteria for the award, and assisting with any
       editing or development deemed necessary;
     - recommending process changes to the board of overseers;
     - serving as ambassadors for the program; and
     - facilitating examiner training.

    Sober's responsibility as judge will be in addition to his existing duties
with Dana, where he is responsible for the company's light-duty Torque and
Traction Assembly operations.
    In 1993, Dana established its own quality program, called the Dana Quality
Leadership Process, which is tailored after the Baldrige program guidelines.
Through implementation of this quality program, two operations of Dana earned
the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award:  Dana's former Spicer Driveshaft
Division earned the award for manufacturing excellence in 2000 and Dana
Commercial Credit Corporation received it for service excellence in 1996.
    Sober joined Dana in 1978 as an accounting supervisor for the Atlas Drop
Forge operation, and has since held a number of leadership positions during
his 25 years with the company. He earned a bachelor's degree in business
administration from Western Michigan University and an MBA through Dana
University.  He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, is a
Dana Certified Supervisor, and is actively involved with Hospice of
Northwestern Ohio.
    The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is given by the president of
the United States to business, service, education, and health care
organizations that are judged to be outstanding in seven areas: leadership,
strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement analysis and
knowledge management, human resource focus, process management, and business
results.  Congress established the award program in 1987 to recognize
organizations for their achievements in quality and performance and to raise
awareness about the importance of quality and performance excellence.  The
U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology
manages the Baldrige National Quality Program in close cooperation with the
private sector.
    Dana Corporation is a global leader in the design, engineering, and
manufacture of value-added products and systems for automotive, commercial,
and off-highway vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets.  The
company employs approximately 60,000 people worldwide.  Founded in 1904 and
based in Toledo, Ohio, Dana operates hundreds of technology, manufacturing,
and customer service facilities in 30 countries. The company reported sales of
$9.5 billion in 2002.  Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com .

SOURCE Dana Corporation

Web Site: http://www.dana.com

Photo Notes: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990903/DANA AP
Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org PRN Photo Desk, 888-776-6555
or 212-782-2840
Company News On Call: Company News On-Call: