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Chrysler Group announced the appointment
of Brandon Faurote and Joseph Dehner for Product Design Office
Chrysler Group announced the
appointment of Brandon Faurote and Joseph Dehner to Vice
President positions within the Product Design Office, replacing
David McKinnon and Thomas Tremont, both of whom have announced
their intentions to retire.
Faurote is appointed Vice President –
Advance Exterior and Interior Design, effective July 1, 2007.
In this position, Faurote is
responsible for the concept, design and refinement of Chrysler
Group Premium, Small and Family Vehicle designs. He reports to
Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design.
Faurote’s most recent position was
Director – Exterior and Interior Design Studio #2. He joined
DaimlerChrysler in 1993 and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich.
Faroute has held a series of
increasingly responsible design positions, playing key roles in
the development and design of several high-profile Chrysler
Group concept and productions vehicles.
He worked to design the 2001 Chrysler
and Dodge minivans, worked on all Jeep models, particularly the
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. He also led the team that completed
the Chrysler Firepower concept vehicle that debuted at the North
American International Auto Show.
Faurote replaces Thomas Tremont, Vice
President – Advance Exterior and Interior Design, who has
announced his intention to retire, effective June 30, 2007.
Tremont joined the former Chrysler Corp. in 1972 as a Designer
and worked on many Advance Design and concept vehicles
throughout his career with DaimlerChrysler.
He also helped to establish the
Pacifica design studios, one of the first West Coast design
studios for a domestic automotive manufacturer and one that
focused on vehicle ideas and possibilities years ahead of
production. Throughout his 35-year career, Tremont worked on 28
different concept vehicles and was instrumental in bringing the
Plymouth Prowler concept vehicle to market as a production
Joseph Dehner is appointed Vice President –
Small, Premium and Family Vehicle Design, effective June 1, 2007. He
also will report to Trevor Creed.
Previously, Dehner held the position of
Director – Truck Exterior and Interior Design. Dehner joined the former
Chrysler Corp. in 1988 as a Designer and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree in Industrial Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1988.
Dehner has been responsible for several
Chrysler Group concept and production vehicles. Past programs include
the 2007 Chrysler Sebring Sedan and Convertible interior and exterior
designs, the 2001 Sebring and Stratus exterior designs, and the 1999
Dodge Charger and 2000 Chrysler 300 Hemi C concept vehicles.
Dehner replaces David McKinnon, Vice President
– Small, Premium and Family Vehicle Design who has announced his intent
to retire, effective May 31, 2007. McKinnon joined the former Chrysler
Corp. in 1968 as a Designer and has worked on the exterior, interior and
wheels of many concept and production vehicles, including key vehicles
for the company like the Chrysler 300, Dodge and Chrysler Minivans and
the Chrysler Crossfire.
“Tom Tremont and Dave McKinnon have enjoyed
stellar careers at DaimlerChrysler designing influential and
eye-catching vehicles,” said Trevor Creed, Chrysler Group Senior Vice
President – Design. “They have left an indelible mark through the
products they have contributed to during their tenure.”
All Photos: Chrysler
(May 23, 2007)