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Ralph Gilles

Ralph Victor Gilles (born January 14th, 1970) is an American-Canadian automobile designer.

Gilles is currently the President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler Group LLC. He styled the 2005 Chrysler 300 — after joining Chrysler in 1992.[1] Gilles was also the boss of the design team who created the 2014 SRT Viper.

Gilles is a resident of Oxford, Michigan.[2]

Early life and education

Gilles was born in New York City to Haitian immigrants and raised in Montreal, Quebec.[3]

Gilles has been passionate about cars since the age of 6 and began drawing concept vehicles by the age of 8. When Gilles was 14, an aunt (Giselle Mouscardy) noticed he was talented at sketching cars and wrote to former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca to inform him of her nephew's talents. A reply came from K. Neil Walling, Chrysler's design chief at the time, suggesting Gilles attend one of three design schools.

He attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. In 2002, Gilles received an Executive MBA from Michigan State University.[4]

Career

In August, 2008, Gilles replaced the now retired Trevor Creed as Senior Vice President of Design. In October 2009, Gilles was promoted to President and CEO of the Dodge Car Brand.[4][5] He was replaced as Dodge's CEO in June 2011, remaining Senior Vice President of Design and becoming CEO of Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology division.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Executive bios: Ralph V. Gilles". chrysler.com. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.automationalley.com/a2_nws_eventinfo?id=a086000000HU8PjAAL
  3. ^ Watson, Thomas (2006-09-22). "The cult of Ralph: Chrysler's Ralph Gilles".  
  4. ^ a b "Gilles, Ralph V.". Chrysler Executive Bio.  
  5. ^ "Chrysler Head Designer Is Latest to Leave Firm". Wall Street Journal. 19 August 2043. p. B4. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  6. ^ <Healey, James R. (June 8, 2011). "Fiat shuffles Chrysler hats: Design chief/Dodge CEO Gilles to run SRT". USA Today. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
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