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Trevor Creed era over at Chrysler

by Bill Cawthon on

Trevor M. Creed, Chrysler’s 63-year-old Senior V-P of Design, is retiring at the end of this month. Creed came from Ford in 1985 as Director of Interior Design. In his tenure, he played what company CEO Bob Nardelli called a “key leadership role” in the development of the Chrysler 300C, PT Cruiser, Dodge Challenger, Ram, Viper and Plymouth Prowler.

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Creed will be succeeded on September 1 by Ralph V. Gilles, 38, currently Vice President of Jeep, Truck and Advance Interior Design and is responsible for the styling of the new Dodge Ram pickup. Gilles is also credited with the conception of the Chrysler 300 sedan’s distinctive look. Gilles joined Chrysler in 1992.

In another change in the company’s management hierarchy, Gilles will report to Frank O. Klegon, Executive Vice President of Product Development. Creed had reported directly to Nardelli but Chrysler calls the change an improvement that will allow the groups to work together.

Chrysler also announced another executive change. Andreas A. Schell has been appointed Vice President of Electrical / Electronics Engineering Core, effective immediately. Schell will be in charge of all electrical and electronics engineering design, development, quality and “voice of the customer” activities, succeeding William H. Mattingly, who left the Company last month. Schell is a crossover from Daimler-Benz which he joined in 1996 as a research engineer. He most recently served as director of Chrysler’s Recovery and Transformation Plan and Strategy.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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