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Chrysler announces changes in Powertrain management

by Bill Cawthon on

In connection with Paolo Ferrero’s new assignment as Head of Fiat Powertrain Brazil, Chrysler Group today announced the following leadership appointments to the Chrysler Group Management Team, effective July 1, 2011.

Robert (Bob) E. Lee has been named Vice President and Head of Engine Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, and member of the Product Committee.

Mircea Gradu has been named Vice President and Head of Transmission Powertrain and Driveline Engineering, and member of the Product Committee.

“I would like to thank Paolo for his vision and dedication to the ongoing process of integrating the strengths of the Chrysler Group and Fiat powertrain organizations,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group Chief Executive Officer.

Both Lee and Gradu directly report to Marchionne.

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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