London, England – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has promoted Ralph Gilles, the design chief who revitalized the company’s entire car line with the launch of the chrome-heavy 300 sedan in 2005, to head of design and a member of the FCA Group Executive Council (GEC).
Gilles currently leads the FCA North American Design Office as senior vice president, a position he was named to in June 2009. The GEC is the highest management-level decision making body within the FCA organization and is led by the FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Gilles succeeds Lorenzo Ramaciotti who is retiring after several years of dedicated service with the company. Ramaciotti will continue to lend his expertise to the group serving as a special advisor to the CEO.
Gilles previously served as CEO - Motorsports; President and CEO - SRT Brand; and CEO - Dodge Brand for FCA US in addition to his leadership role in design. He joined the Company in 1992. Gilles holds a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
In addition, FCA announced that Mauro Fenzi is appointed COO Systems and CEO of robotics supplier Comau. He also joins the FCA Group Product Committee.
Fenzi joined Comau in 2001 and has held a variety positions with increasing responsibility, most recently as Systems - Comau COO and Head of NAFTA Region. He graduated from the Politecnico of Milan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Fenzi replaces Riccardo Tarantini who will remain as chief operating officer castings.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles