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Chrysler announces management changes

by Bill Cawthon on

Frank Ewasyshyn, Chrysler’s Executive V-P of Manufacturing, announced the following executive appointments, effective immediately:

Byron Green was named to the new post of Vice President-Vehicle Assembly. He will have responsibility for manufacturing operations at all vehicle assembly plants. Green, who is currently Vice President-Jeep and Truck Vehicle Assembly, will add the duties of Fred Goedtel Jr.’s job as Vice President-Car and Minivan Vehicle Assembly. Goedtel is relinquishing that post to replace Richard Chow-Wah as appointed Vice President-Powertrain Operations with responsibility for all operations at the company’s transmission, engine, machining and casting plants. Chow-Wah is on special assignment through Dec. 31.

Santiago Pages is the new Vice President-Mexico Manufacturing Operations and will be responsible for operations at all manufacturing facilities in Mexico. He succeeds Roberto Gutierrez who will retire after 41 years with Chrysler.

All of the executives will report to Ewasyshyn. Chrysler says more announcements and appointments will be forthcoming in support of this revised structure.

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, 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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