Chrysler is busy shuffling executives around in the wake of Ram head Fred Diaz's departure. The automaker has named Reid Bigland (pictured, right) as Diaz's successor in the role of president and CEO of Ram, though Bigland will continue his duties as the head of US sales and the president and CEO of Chrysler Canada. Bigland first came to Chrysler in 2006 from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, so the guy knows a thing or two about trucks.
Meanwhile, Timothy Kuniskis will take over as president and CEO of Dodge. Previously, he served as the head of Fiat in North America and has been with Chrysler in one capacity or another since 1992. His old title now falls to Jason Stoicevich, who will also continue to work as the director of the automaker's California Business Center. Finally, Bruno Cattori will take over as the president and CEO of Chrysler Mexico.

Diaz left his position to take over as a divisional vice president of sales and marketing with Nissan. You can read the full press release on the Chrysler personnel changes below for more information.
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Chrysler Group Announces Management Changes

April 15, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC is pleased to announce the following changes to its Leadership Team effective today.

Reid Bigland is named President and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand. He continues as head of U.S. Sales, and President and CEO of Chrysler Canada. Most recently, he was President and CEO of the Dodge Brand. Bigland came to Chrysler in July 2006 from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, a South Carolina-based company.

Timothy Kuniskis is named President and CEO of the Dodge Brand. He most recently served as Head of the FIAT Brand for North America. Kuniskis joined Chrysler in 1992 and has held a series of increasingly responsible positions in the Company's business center operations and marketing organization.

Jason Stoicevich is appointed Head of the FIAT Brand for North America. Stoicevich retains the position as director of the California Business Center. In his 10 years of service with Chrysler, Stoicevich has gained experience in a variety of assignments in the Company's business center operations.

Bruno Cattori is appointed President and CEO of Chrysler de México. Cattori most recently served as Director for Retail Sales and Fleet for all Chrysler Group brands in Mexico, a position which he retains. Prior to rejoining Chrysler Group in early 2012, he served as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Mexico. Cattori began his career at Chrysler in 1988 and has held a series of positions with increasing responsibility.

"These appointments are part of the Chrysler Group's strategy to continuously reinforce its leadership ranks as we continue on our path to achieve our business targets," said Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. "They are a further confirmation of the depth of our talent pool and of the exceptional opportunities that are available to our people as part of their career development."

About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.


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      SFGiantsFan35
      • 1 Year Ago
      dude looks like he should be the anchor on Sportscenter
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's like he was molded to be CEO for Ram.
      BB79826
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahahaha, his name is Reid Bigland. It may as well be Lance Uppercut.
      devgchr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Son, I am disappoint.
      dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      hmmm Daddy :D
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      FIAT moves around execs in wake of recent departures at RAM
      Shotgunner
      • 1 Year Ago
      With a good ol' Amurican boy named Bigland running Ram, they can't fail! I mean seriously, it's as if the guy was genetically engineered for the job.
        LXbuilder
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shotgunner
        You mean a good Canadian boy named Bigland, unless you just don't know what you mean. http://www.media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do;jsessionid=4E1138E3815B40FD626F43BD0F9B183A?&id=5404&mid=
          Shotgunner
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LXbuilder
          Who'd a thunk it? I just assumed he played varsity football with Patrick Warburton and Rob Riggle.
          John S
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LXbuilder
          Damn I would have guessed he was from Jersey or Connecticut.
          Street King
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LXbuilder
          Marchionne, Gilles, Bigland and a few board members are all Canadian.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LXbuilder
          We're talking 'Murica, not America.
      dw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ever notice some folks just don't look right without a bluetooth hanging out of their ear
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dw
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      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is he going to pump the trucks up with as many steroids it looks like he's on?
      FierySolstice
      • 1 Year Ago
      Save a paycheck and move Ram back under Dodge where it belongs!!!
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fred was and will remain an effective automotive executive. The thing to value in his tenure at Chrysler is the culture of excellence and innovation, of pride and accomplishment, of confidence and self reliance that he generated and which will remain. Top notch leadership is important, but it takes a team of believers and doers to realize that leaders vision. Those followers remain, the team is intact. Fred will be tough to replace, but I am sure that Ram and Chrysler will find the person to continue the legacy and build on the values that have made Ram the best truck brand on the planet. Good luck Fred, you have started a revolution that will continue I'm sure.
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