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New Chrysler executive team (updated)

by David Zatz on

Sergio Marchionne will, as expected, be CEO of both Chrysler and Fiat. While retaining Jim Press as a deputy, he has shaken up the management structure, with the following appointments:

Peter Fong will be President and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler Brand, with full profit and loss responsibility for the Chrysler product portfolio; and lead executive for the Sales organization, enterprise-wide. He was most recently Director of the Mid-Atlantic Business Center.

Michael Manley is now President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeep Brand, with profit and loss responsibility. Mr. Manley will also be responsible enterprise-wide for Product Planning and coordinating the product plan and volume requirements of the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands. Mr. Manley served most recently as Executive Vice President, International Sales & Global Product Planning Operations.

Michael Accavitti is President and Chief Executive Officer, Dodge Brand, with profit and loss responsibility for Dodge. Mr. Accavitti will also have enterprise-wide responsibility for Marketing with responsibility to coordinate worldwide marketing strategies, brand development and advertising for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands. Mr. Accavitti served most recently as Director, Dodge Brand Marketing.

Pietro Gorlier is President and Chief Executive Officer, Mopar Service & Parts and Customer Services, with full profit and loss responsibility for the Mopar product portfolio and Service & Parts operations as well as Chrysler’s Customer Service operations. Mr. Gorlier will have shared accountability with the brands, responsible for parts and services growth and delivery and an integrated world-class approach to customer support. Mr. Gorlier joins Chrysler Group from Fiat Group Automobiles and CNH, where he most recently served as the head of the Network and Owned Dealerships organization.

Joe ChamaSrour will continue to lead the new company’s operations in Mexico as President and CEO, Chrysler de Mexico.

Reid Bigland will continue to lead the new company’s operations in Canada as President and CEO, Chrysler Canada.

Steven Landry, Executive Vice President, North American Sales & Marketing, Global Service & Parts, has announced his intention to retire after assisting the new company in the transition.

Peter Grady will lead the Network Development and Fleet organization, ensuring that the Chrysler Group’s dealer network operates at the highest possible level, and managing Chrysler Group’s fleet sales organization. Mr. Grady recently served as Director, Franchise Planning and Administration.

“Control over commercial and industrial investments is related to the brand,” said Mr. Marchionne. “Therefore we have developed a matrix-based organization where team work and a disciplined management process are at the core of its success. Understanding the management decision-making process and individual roles are key.”

Scott Kunselman will lead the Product Engineering organization as Senior Vice President, replacing Frank Klegon, who has announced his intention to retire after a distinguished career with Chrysler. Mr. Kunselman has responsibility for all product development strategy and advance-vehicle engineering. He also oversees product-development processes, testing and validation. Mr. Kunselman recently served as Vice President, Truck Product Team and Core Team Leader.

Ralph Gilles will continue to lead the Product Design organization as Senior Vice President.

Frank Ewasyshyn will continue to lead the Manufacturing organization as Executive Vice President and assumes responsibility for the World Class Manufacturing processes which are in the process of being rolled out throughout Chrysler’s manufacturing footprint.

Doug Betts will continue to lead the Quality organization as Senior Vice President.

Scott Garberding will continue to lead the Procurement organization as Senior Vice President.

Michael Keegan will lead the Supply Chain Management organization as Senior Vice President. In this position, Mr. Keegan is responsible for the critical volume planning and logistics functions in close coordination with the Brand CEOs. Mr. Keegan is also responsible for driving dramatic improvements in service levels, working capital efficiency and complexity reduction; optimizing demand and supply to benefit balancing the needs and requirements of the individual brands; and, establishing consistent and effective supply chain processes. Mr. Keegan recently served as Vice President, Volume Planning and Sales Operations.

Richard Palmer will lead the Finance organization as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; a former Fiat man, Palmer will replace Ron Kolka, who will lead the orderly wind down of Chrysler LLC.

Jan Bertsch will continue to lead the Information Technology (IT) organization as Senior Vice President, Treasurer and CIO (Chief Information Officer). She will continue in her Treasury role reporting to Richard Palmer.

Nancy Rae will continue to lead the Human Resources organization as Executive Vice President.

Holly Leese will continue to lead the Legal organization as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Chrysler Group LLC.

Gualberto Ranieri, another Fiat man who also worked with Case New Holland, will lead Communications as Senior Vice President.

Laurie Macaddino will lead Audit as Vice President, reporting on a dotted-line basis to the Chairman and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Ms. Macaddino recently served as Vice President, Finance Operations.

John T. Bozzella will continue to lead the External Affairs organization as Senior Vice President.

Barb Pilarski will lead Business Development as Vice President. Ms. Pilarski recently served as Executive Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, NAFTA and South America.

Mark Chernoby has been appointed Vice President, Executive Coordinator and C/D Segment Product Engineering. In this position, he will lead the C/D Segment Product Engineering and be the executive coordinator for the management team.

Chrysler Group LLC will be managed by a nine-member Board of Directors, consisting of three directors to be appointed by Fiat, four directors to be appointed by the U.S. Government, one director to be appointed by the Canadian Government and one director to be appointed by the United Auto Workers’ Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. The Board is expected to name C. Robert Kidder as Chairman. The process of determining additional board members is continuing and updates will be announced as appropriate.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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