Recently merged into the newly created Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the US unit Chrysler has made changes to one of its senior executive posts for the NAFTA region.
Starting right now, the third biggest US automaker has named Ben Winter, 55, as its new product-planning boss for North America, after he was formerly the carmaker’s chief engineer for the minivan segment.
He comes to replace Joe Veltri, which since May has been promoted as the leader of investor relations for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Winter, from his new role as NAFTA head of product planning is task with overseeing research and planning for all of the company’s cars in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Winter is well versed and well equipped to handle the new position, as he formerly achieved several degrees in engineering – including a doctorate in metallurgical engineering at the University of Michigan and has his engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
He joined Chrysler in 2008, coming from archrival Ford Motor and led the engineering team responsible for the minivan models of the automaker, then became vice president for vehicle engineering at Chrysler.
Chrysler is on a product offensive over the next four years as part of the company’s broad overall plan, seeking to maintain its sales spree that has seen deliveries advance almost each month for the past two years.
Via Automotive News Europe