#Chrysler announces executive changes

Chrysler Group LLC announced a series of executive changes Monday.

The Auburn Hills automaker appointed Al Gardner president of the Chrysler brand, effective immediately. Gardner, who joined the company in 1986, had been director of Chrysler’s Southeast Business Center.

Gardner replaces Saad Chehab who was named chief marketing officer for Maserati.

Chrysler also named Steve Beahm vice president in charge of supply chain management, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Beahm, who has been at the company since 1987, was vice president in charge of U.S. sales operations.

Tim Kuniskis will assume responsibility for all fleet operations, in addition to his current position as head of the Dodge brand.

The current head of fleet operations, Pete Grady, was named president of Maserati North America. He will also continue to serve as vice president of dealer network development for Chrysler.

Robert Graczyk was named head of sales for Fiat and Chrysler in Australia, effective immediately. He had been president of Maserati North America.

Finally, Jeffrey Kommor was appointed vice president of U.S. sales operations, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Kommor had served as director of the company’s Northeast Business Center. He joined Chrysler in 1985.

“All of these appointments represent important recognition of the positive contribution that each individual has brought to the organization,” said Chrysler Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. “We continue to value the talent within our walls, as we grow strong leaders and provide opportunities for top performers.”

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From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131111/AUTO0101/311110076#ixzz2kMYi86YT