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Dan Knott speaks at Traverse City Seminars

by Bill Cawthon on

Dan Knott, Chrysler’s Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Quality, spoke to auto industry executives at the Center for Automotive Research 2011 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan. Knott’s topic was Chrysler’s supplier base and their direct link to the company’s accomplishments.

A native of Detroit, Knott has been with Chrysler since 1988 and took his current post in 2009. He is responsible for Chrysler’s worldwide purchasing and supplier quality activities. Previously, he was the head of vehicle engineering with full responsibility for all current vehicles and development of future vehicles. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

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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