is a longtime automotive leader. He serves on the boards of TRW, Amerigon, Durakon Industries, NextEnergy, and FIRST. He also is chairman of the University Cultural Center Association; chairman emeritus of the French American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter; and member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. Castaing has chaired the New Detroit Science Center Board of Trustees since 1998. Under his leadership, a $29.2 million capital campaign for the expansion and renovation of the center was launched, a drive that now stands at $28 million. Named a fellow of SAE, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers, Castaing was an executive with American Motors, Renault, and DaimlerChrysler. He moved to Detroit in 1980 to help lead the union between American Motors and Renault. When Chrysler acquired American Motors in 1987, he joined Chrysler, where he pioneered an innovative way to design automobiles by organizing design, engineering, manufacturing, finance, purchasing, and marketing in ďplatform teams.Ē In 1993, Castaing founded USCAR with General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., and helped form the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles with the U.S. government. In 1994, Castaing became the head of Chrysler Powertrain Operations and in 1996 served as executive vice president for Chrysler International Operations. He was technical advisor to the chairman from 1997 to 2000, when he retired from Chrysler.