Trevor Creed has decided that being the capo di designi capo for such programs as the Chrysler 300, PT Cruiser, Dodge Challenger, Viper, and Ram, among others, is a satisfactory way to cap a career in design. Creed has spent the past 23 years at Chrysler, and his departure as Vice President of Design on August 31st opens up the slot for Ralph Gillies to step up. Gillies will start his new role as Design Veep September 1st, and he'll answer to Frank Klegon, Executive VP of Product Development.
Hey Frank, get rid of focus grouping, give Ralph a bit more leash to manage a staff that can design a car that actually looks good. As Design Vice President, Gillies will now oversee the Product Design Office, so one imagines that, given the opportunity, there may be a glimmer of hope for righting the horrid wrongs of the Sebring, as long as some of that 2009 Ram mojo is still around.
Once Gillies and team work sheetmetal magic, Andreas Schnell is the newly appointed Vice President of Electrical/Electronics Engineering Core, the people that come up with the electronics that not only run the vehicle, but entertain and delight, as well. Schnell will also be responsible for "voice of the customer" efforts, and the voice of the customer should be heard loud and clear saying "please build better cars."
|Chrysler LLC Announces Executive Retirement, Appointments|
| Auburn Hills, Mich., Aug 18, 2008 -
Chrysler LLC today announced that Trevor M. Creed, Senior Vice President - Design has stated his intention to retire August 31, 2008. The company also announced two executive appointments.
"Trevor has led a distinguished automotive design career," said Chrysler LLC Chairman and CEO Robert L. Nardelli. "He played a key leadership role in the design of award-winning vehicles such as the new Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300C, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Viper, Dodge Ram and the Plymouth Prowler. We thank him for his contribution to the Company and wish him well in his retirement."
Creed joined the Company in 1985 as Director - Interior Design from Ford Motor Corp.
Continuing the Company's efforts to improve efficiency and enhance operations, the Chrysler Design Office will now report to Frank O. Klegon, Executive Vice President - Product Development.
Effective Sept. 1, 2008, Ralph V. Gilles will become Vice President - Design.
In this capacity, Gilles will be responsible for all activities of the Product Design Office, succeeding Creed. Gilles joined Chrysler in 1992. He most recently served as Vice President - Jeep® / Truck and Advance Interior Design.
Effective Immediately, Andreas A. Schell is appointed Vice President - Electrical / Electronics Engineering Core.
In this capacity, Schell will be responsible for all electrical and electronics engineering design, development, quality and "voice of the customer" activities. He succeeds William H. (Bill) Mattingly, who left the Company last month.
Schell joined Daimler-Benz in 1996 as a Research Engineer. He most recently served as Chrysler LLC Director - Recovery and Transformation Plan (RTP) and Strategy.