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Chrysler reorganizes product development, makes management changes

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler has consolidated five of its product teams, Jeep, truck, car and minivan, Project D, and street and racing technology, into three teams. With the consolidation, the following management changes were made:

Scott Kunselman, previously vice president of the Truck Product Team, was named vice president of the Jeep/truck product team.

Daniel Knott, who was vice president of the Jeep product team, will be the vice president of the new Car/minivan/SRT product team. This team now includes Project D, the program to develop a replacement for the Sebring and Avenger. Kipp Owen, director of street and racing technology, will now report to Knott. Mark Chernoby, who had been leading Project D, was designated as vice president of alliance partnerships.

Larry Lyons, who had been vice president of the car and minivan product team, will take over as vice president of core components, process and international engineering, succeeding James Issner, who is retiring. Other retirements include those of Roger Monforton Jr., vice president of product technology strategy, and Deborah Morrissett, vice president of regulatory affairs.

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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