Group LLC Announces
Organizational Structure Focused on Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and
Hills, Mich. , Jun 10, 2009 -
As Chrysler Group LLC prepares to begin operations, the new company
formed in alliance with Fiat announced an organizational restructuring
to focus on the Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Mopar® brands. The
new leaner, flatter structure is intended to restore brand promise and
dealer confidence. All appointments are effective immediately.
"I personally feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the new
Chrysler and to work with senior management to build this company and
our great brands into all we know they can and should be," said Sergio
Marchionne, who today was named Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler
Group LLC. "That effort starts with leadership."
Chrysler Group's new organization is based on a global brand-focused
structure comprised of the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Mopar brands, each
with full profit and loss accountability. Common Commercial, Industrial
and Corporate functions have been put in place to support the
development, manufacture, distribution and sale of Chrysler, Jeep and
Dodge products and Mopar parts by the brand organizations.
"The new company's leadership structure has been developed to rebuild
and grow the four iconic Chrysler brands," said Mr. Marchionne. "With a
flattened organization designed to give leaders broad spans of control,
we are able to increase the speed of decision-making and improve
communication flow, ultimately bringing Chrysler Group management and
employees closer to our customers."
To assist the new company in the transition, Jim Press is appointed
Deputy CEO and Special Advisor, reporting to Mr. Marchionne. In this
position, Mr. Press will be instrumental in the restructuring of the
Chrysler Group LLC. Mr. Press served most recently as Chrysler LLC Vice
Chairman & President.
and Commercial Organizations
Marchionne added: "The focus of
the Brand organization is to rebuild and grow the company's four
brands, beginning with their strong heritage. The structure is designed
to focus on external competition, avoiding product overlap while
maintaining the highest possible level of industrial optimization. The
new company will align its networks with the brand positions, to
restore brand promise and dealer confidence."
In support of the Chrysler Group's brand operations, the company
announced the following appointments reporting to Mr. Marchionne:
Peter Fong is appointed President & Chief Executive Officer,
Chrysler Brand, with full profit and loss responsibility for the
Chrysler product portfolio. Mr. Fong will be the lead executive for the
Sales organization with enterprise-wide responsibility. He served most
recently as the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Business Center.
Michael Manley is appointed President & Chief Executive Officer,
Jeep Brand, with full profit and loss responsibility for the Jeep
product portfolio. Mr. Manley will also have enterprise-wide
responsibility for the Product Planning organization with
responsibility for coordinating the product plan and volume
requirements of the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brand functions. He will
work with the other brand Presidents to translate these into operating
plans for the product development and manufacturing organizations. Mr.
Manley served most recently as Executive Vice President, International
Sales & Global Product Planning Operations.
Michael Accavitti is appointed President & Chief Executive Officer,
Dodge Brand, with full profit and loss responsibility for the Dodge
product portfolio. Mr. Accavitti will also have enterprise-wide
responsibility for the Marketing organization 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 appointed President & 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 & CEO, Chrysler de Mexico.
Reid Bigland will continue to lead the new company's operations in
Canada as President & CEO, Chrysler Canada.
Following a lengthy career with Chrysler, Steven Landry, Executive Vice
President, North American Sales & Marketing, Global Service &
Parts, has announced his intention to retire. Mr. Landry has offered to
assist the new company in the transition.
In addition to the appointments of the Brand CEOs, in support of the
commercial operations, Chrysler Group LLC announced the following
appointment reporting to Mr. Marchionne:
Peter Grady is appointed to lead the Network Development & Fleet
organization as Vice President. His responsibilities include ensuring
that the Chrysler Group's restructured dealer network operates at the
highest possible level to ensure optimal sales volumes for Chrysler,
Jeep and Dodge products. He is also responsible for 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."
support of the industrial
operations of Chrysler Group LLC, the following appointments are
announced, reporting to Mr. Marchionne:
Scott Kunselman is appointed to lead the Product Engineering
organization as Senior Vice President. Mr. Kunselman replaces Frank
Klegon, who has announced his intention to retire after a distinguished
career with Chrysler. In this position, 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
Scott Garberding will continue to lead the Procurement organization as
Senior Vice President.
Michael Keegan is appointed to 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
Marchionne added: "As we work to
rebuild Chrysler to its rightful place, our corporate support functions
have a critical role. These organizations provide systems, processes,
knowledge and tools to sustain the business requirements. They also
ensure consistency across the company and most important, compliance to
applicable laws and regulations worldwide."
In support of the corporate needs of Chrysler Group LLC, the following
appointments are announced, reporting to Mr. Marchionne:
Richard Palmer is appointed to lead the Finance organization as Senior
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this position, he is
responsible for all of Chrysler Group LLC's finance activities
including Corporate Controlling, Treasury and Tax. Mr. Palmer joins
Chrysler Group LLC from Fiat Group Automobiles, where held the position
of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Palmer replaces 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 is appointed to lead the Communications organization
as Senior Vice President. Mr. Ranieri joins Chrysler Group LLC from
Fiat Group, where he led the International Communications function.
Concurrently he has been responsible for the Communications function
for CNH (Case New Holland), a leading manufacturer and seller of
agriculture and construction machinery, which is part of the Fiat Group.
Laurie Macaddino is appointed to lead the Audit organization as Vice
President. In this position, she will report 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 has been appointed to lead the Business Development
organization 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.
With these appointments, the restructuring of the supporting Chrysler
Group LLC organizations begins immediately. Final additional
organization structures to be announced upon completion.
"As we begin the process of redesigning the new Chrysler and moving
toward our new place in the American – and global – automotive
industry, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the men and
women of the company for their many contributions," Mr. Marchionne
said. "Chrysler has been through a great deal of hardship and
uncertainty over the recent past and I want to recognize their
Under the terms approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York and
various regulatory and antitrust regulators, the company formerly known
as Chrysler LLC today formally sold substantially all of its assets,
without certain debts and liabilities, to a new company that will
operate as Chrysler Group LLC.
In addition to Mr. Marchionne, currently the Chief Executive Officer of
Fiat S.p.A. serving as CEO, 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
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