Auto Industry News: Chrysler Group Today Announced Management Changes
AUBURN HILLS, MI--Nov. 11, 2013: Chrysler Group LLC today announced a series of management changes to its leadership team.
Effective immediately, Al Gardner is appointed President and CEO of the Chrysler Brand. Gardner was most recently Director of Chrysler Group's Southeast Business Center. He joined the company in 1986. Gardner replaces Saad Chehab who was named Chief Marketing Officer of Maserati S.p.A. worldwide.
Steve Beahm is named Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, effective January 1, 2014, filling and completing a previously announced personnel move. Prior to this position, Beahm served as Vice President – U.S. Sales Operations. He joined Chrysler in 1987.
In addition to his current responsibilities as President and CEO of the Dodge Brand, Tim Kuniskis assumes responsibility for the company's Fleet operations as Pete Grady was named President and CEO of Maserati North America Inc. Grady will retain his Chrysler Group Dealer Network responsibilities as Vice President Dealer Network Development. Both appointments are effective immediately.
In related moves, Robert Graczyk is appointed Head of Sales - Australia for all Fiat and Chrysler brands, effective immediately. Graczyk previously served as President and CEO of Maserati North America. He joined Chrysler in 1986. Jeffrey Kommor is appointed Vice President of U.S. Sales Operations, effective January 1, 2014. Previously, Kommor served as Director of the company's Northeast Business Center. He joined the company in 1985.
"All of these appointments represent important recognition of the positive contribution that each individual has brought to the organization," said Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO. "We continue to value the talent within our walls, as we grow strong leaders and provide opportunities for top performers."