At the time, Mr. Lozon was VP-Internet and new media at General Motors Corp.'s former subsidiary Electronic Data Systems near Dallas. There, he launched EDS' Internet business in 1994.
Now as VP-director of Cyberworks, part of Mr. Lozon's job is to instruct GM's brand managers, brand teams and ad agencies on emerging media technologies. He oversees GM's year-old Media Lab, a large room with different areas mimicking a living room, park and dealer showroom. Each area contains the newest consumer toys, Web and PC TVs in the living room area, and cell phones and pagers in the park.
"Consumers have new access to new technologies and new ways to communicate with us," he said. "We're taking a deep involvement in consumer technologies."
Cyberworks' lab is linked to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, which GM sponsors to expand its research.
Mr. Lozon led the development of GM's own ad server and Net audience measurement system, dubbed GM Adcount.
He maintained GM was the first carmaker to launch an extension of its Web site (www.gm.com) to all of its dealers, in summer 1996, as well as the first to launch a car online, its Buick Regal, via a live event in late 1996.
The automaker was the leading advertiser for @Home Network's launch in January 1997, with full-motion video on banner ads. GM is still working with @Home. Last September, GM was an advertiser on WebTV, allowing viewers to link to one of GM's car divisions during a TV commercial.
"The industry is innovating on an almost daily basis," he said. "We have to have a system so our brand teams can be exposed to what's new."
The world, he added, will be seeing what GM's brand managers have learned down the road as new technologies emerge.
Betcha didn't know: Mr. Lozon still "commutes" on the weekend to his home in Richardson, Texas, (near Dallas), from an apartment on Lake St. Claire in one of Detroit's suburbs.