Eleven days before he was abruptly fired as president and CEO of DaimlerChrysler's US unit, James P. Holden was unaware he was about to be replaced by a new management team from Germany, reports Ward's AutoWorld. A master marketer who was promoted 15 times in 20 years at the company, Mr. Holden kept his salesman's optimism to the bitter end, insisting that Chrysler was still controlled by American managers and that the company's financial troubles weren't as bad as they looked.