* Landry to lead Sales and Field Operations
* Manley to direct Sales Strategy and Dealer Operations
* Dilts, Fisher to retire
* DC Canada President to be announced in future; Landry will continue as Chairman of DC Canada
* Monforton to be responsible for Product Strategy
Auburn Hills, Mich., Jun 13, 2006 –
DaimlerChrysler’s Chrysler Group today announced structural changes in its Sales organization that will result in a sharper focus on two distinct sides of the sales business, and also appointed a new head of Product Strategy.
Steven J. Landry becomes Vice President – Sales and Field Operations, and Michael Manley takes added responsibility as Vice President – Sales Strategy and Dealer Operations. Both will report to Joe Eberhardt, Executive Vice President – Global Sales, Marketing and Service. A replacement for Landry as President and Chief Executive Officer – DaimlerChrysler Canada, Inc., will be announced in the near future. Landry will continue as Chairman of DC Canada.
Gary E. Dilts, Senior Vice President – U.S. Sales, and Raymond M. Fisher, Vice President – Sales, Service & Parts Operations, will retire. These changes will be effective July 1.
“Going forward, the new organizational structure in Sales will provide a clear focus on two distinct areas,” explained Eberhardt, “the running of the day-to-day operations, and the development of strategies to provide the optimal support to the field organization itself.”
Landry, 47, is a 24-year Chrysler Group veteran with experience in a succession of sales and marketing activities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He had been President and CEO of DC Canada, where he was responsible for all Canadian sales and marketing activities. Prior to that, he was Vice President – Global Dodge Marketing.
While Landry’s replacement to lead DC Canada is expected to be announced soon, the company also named a new Vice President – Sales, for DC Canada, reporting to the President and CEO. He is David G. Buckingham, 39, currently Senior Manager – DC Canada Eastern Business Center Operations, and a native Canadian.
Manley, 42, had been Vice President – Dealer Operations. Prior to joining DaimlerChrysler in January 2000, he had more than 12 years of experience with various automotive retail sales outlets.
Dilts, 56, and Fisher, 53, are both veterans who left lasting impressions on the Chrysler Group sales organization, said Eberhardt.
“Gary is an exemplary leader who helped shape the sales organization and the dealer network with unwavering commitment in a multitude of roles with increasing responsibility within Sales and Marketing. Ray was instrumental in managing change in a number of areas, most recently building strong relationships for the Chrysler Group within the fleet industry.”
Dilts joined Chrysler in 1977 in the company’s Washington, D.C. zone office. He held a number of senior management positions, including directing the company’s e-platform efforts, before being named to lead the sales organization in February 2001. Fisher became a Chrysler employee in 1974, initially with the New York zone office.
In an unrelated move, Roger D. Monforton, Jr., becomes Vice President – Product Strategy, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Eric Ridenour.
Monforton, 51, is a veteran of program management and product planning at DaimlerChrysler. He joined DaimlerChrysler in 1986 after previous experience with American Motors Corporation and American Sunroof. As Vice President – Product Strategy, he will be responsible for overall product strategy planning processes.