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Chernoby announces new posts in NAFTA Product Development

by Bill Cawthon on

Mark Chernoby, who was named Senior Vice President of Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC in April 2012, has made some changes in the Chrysler Group’s NAFTA Product Development team.

With a focus on enhancing upstream engineering processes, Matt Liddane has been named head of Vehicle Concepts & Integration. Liddane previously was the Vehicle Line Executive for SUVs, a post he had held since June 2009 and where he was responsible for all current and future SUV engineering programs. A native of Albany, New York, Liddance has been with Chrysler since 1987.

Chernoby handed out several new assignments in Vehicle Engineering. Ben Winter was appointed Head of Vehicle Engineering. Ben should be familiar to Allpar fans as the Vehicle Line Executive for the Minivan Segment. For more about Winter, see this Allpar article. In his new role, Ben will be will be directing Russ Ruedisueli in his new position as head of a consolidated SRT engineering program that includes SRT and Motorsports; Steve Williams, who brings his recent experience in advanced vehicle engineering to the E Segment; Chris Barman, who shifts from E Segment to lead C/D Segment; and Phil Jansen, the chief engineer for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, who will be handling A/B Segment, Minivan & Carryover C/D Segment.

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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