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Former Chrysler Marketing Chief Roehm Resurfaces

Career was sidelined by nasty Wal-Mart battle.

by on Jan.16, 2012

Former Ford and, later, Chrysler marketing whiz Julie Roehm resurfaces at SAP.

Julie Roehm, the one-time Chrysler marketing chief known for risky – and sometimes controversial – moves like the Lingerie Bowl has resurfaced at business software company SAP, where she will serve as a senior vice president.

The 40-year-old Roehm has maintained a low profile since running headlong into the Wal-Mart juggernaut, five years ago, in an ethics dispute.  She has since been serving as a private consultant on marketing matters for companies like the short-lived Next Autoworks.

Roehm will be based in New York, reporting to SAP’s Chief Marketing Officer Jonathan Becher.  The firm provides advance business software for a variety of industries, including a number of major automakers, and has traditionally been one of the heavier advertisers in its normally staid line of business.

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Roehm began her automotive career with Ford and was known for innovative moves, such as staging a Golden Era-style live ad for the then-new Ford Focus in 1999.  She jumped to Chrysler shortly afterwards and continued to press for more cutting-edge marketing efforts than Detroit was traditionally known for.

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