Chrysler executive Dan Knott, considered an all-around great guy, took medical retirement on April 13 due to cancer, and he sadly passed away on April 29. His 24-year tenure with The Pentastar began in the role of senior engineer. By the time he took the job as head of procurement in 2009, he had helped create marquee SRT models including the Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300C.

Knott's efforts to improve Chrysler's relationships with suppliers has even the suppliers praising him. After just three years on the job, the head of the Original Equipment Supplier's Association said Knott had done "more than any individual that I know of in the history of OEM/supplier relations" when it came turning around Chrysler's dealings with suppliers.

On top of that he was a racer, an Automotive News All-Star, an inductee into the Viper Club Hall of Fame, chairman of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, board member on a non-profit for people with disabilities, a key player in Chrysler's sustainability drive, and he enforced reviews of the business that the Chrysler's Tier 1 suppliers did with women- and minority-owned businesses. He will be missed.


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      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is truly a sad day . Tha man who took boring old Dodge and injected new life into it with the creation of SRT will truly be missed . I truly hope that his vision, and passion will live on with SRT,Dodge, and car lovers everywhere .
      • 3 Years Ago
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      gfviperman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dan was a great guy - it was a pleasure working with him on Viper issues. WAY too young!!!!!!
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      fuzzyfish6
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a HUGE loss for not only Chrysler, but the entire industry. Dan worked until the very end, RIP my friend and thank you for all the great work you've done.
      muppethead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was he one of the AMC boys?
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      RIP. Way too young.
      Graham
      • 3 Years Ago
      The New Chrysler and the still rebounding American car industry have lost a good one. Requiescat in Pacem.
      baykayak
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dan was a heck of an awesome guy. worked with him during his early jeep days. honest to the core. insightful, intelligent and down to earth