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News of  July 11, 2001


 


The Chrysler Group Announces Three Appointments In the Product Development Area

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Chrysler Group announced three appointments in the Product Development area.  All positions will report to Richard Schaum, Executive Vice President, Product Development and Quality.

Effectively immediately, Lawrence Achram is Vice President, Advance Vehicle Engineering; Michael Evans is Vice President, Product Planning; and Eric Ridenour is Vice President, Large Car Platform Engineering.

"These appointments will help position the Product Development organization to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive automotive market by using the exceptional talents and skills of these three individuals," said Schaum.  "Together, they will help shape the future direction of the Chrysler Group's product line."

As Vice President, Advance Vehicle Engineering, Achram is responsible for directing all advance vehicle engineering activities for the Chrysler Group. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Large Car Platform Engineering.

Achram joined DaimlerChrysler in 1984 and has held a number of positions in Product Development, including Noise/Vibration/Harshness and Energy Management, Advance Product Creation and Advance Vehicle Engineering.  He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University and a master's in business administration from Michigan State University.

In the position of Vice President, Product Planning, Evans will direct all product planning activities for the Chrysler Group and will provide support to strategic business development initiatives.  He joined DaimlerChrysler in 2000 as Vice President, Advance Vehicle Engineering.  He previously served as Director for various vehicle lines at Ford Motor Company, including Global Line - Lincoln & Mercury, Compact Sport Utility vehicle line and Large Car vehicle line.  Evans holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a graduate degree in Engineering Management from the University of Detroit.

As Vice President, Large Car Platform Engineering, Ridenour is responsible for directing all large car platform engineering activities for the Chrysler Group.  He recently served as Vice President, Product Planning.  Ridenour joined DaimlerChrysler in 1986 and has held a number of positions in Product Development, including Product Strategy and Cycle Planning, Powertrain Planning, Program Management and Advance Vehicle Engineering.  He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

(July 9, 2001)

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