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FCA safety chief leaving to run university

by Bill Cawthon on

Scott G. Kunselman, Fiat Chrysler’s senior vice president of vehicle safety and regulatory affairs, is leaving the company after 30 years with Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler, and FCA US.

At the end of November, Mr. Kunselman will become the chief operating officer at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan — just 3.8 miles from the Auburn Hills headquarters of FCA US.

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FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne wrote, “I want to thank Scott for his leadership and commitment to the Company. We wish him well in his next chapter at Oakland University.”

Mr. Kunselman will continue in his current post until the end of November, helping in the transition to a successor to be named later.

Chrysler/Fiat Chrysler and Oakland University have a history of collaboration, and Mr. Kunselman recently served on the school’s board of trustees on behalf of FCA.

Mr. Kunselman joined Chrysler Corporation in as a project engineer in 1985 and was named to his current position in 2014. In perhaps his most high-profile role, Mr. Kunselman was the point man for FCA in dealing with the recent NHTSA investigations.

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 just-auto.com, 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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