Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Chrysler appoints Gilles as design chief

Star News Services

Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Chrysler LLC named Ralph Gilles as design chief, succeeding Trevor Creed, who is retiring from the third-largest U.S. automaker.

The 38-year-old Gilles, lead designer on the new Dodge Ram pickup, will become vice president of design on Sept. 1, the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker said in a statement.

Gilles, who also headed the design effort on the Chrysler 300 that debuted in 2004, takes over as Chrysler works to stem losses and shift its lineup toward more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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