Chrysler Names Brown University President Ruth Simmons To Board image

Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker majority owned by Fiat (F) SpA, has appointed Ruth Simmons, the retiring president of Rhode Island’s prestigious Brown University, to the board as former Michigan governor James Blanchard is stepping down at the end of his term.

In addition, the US automaker has also appointed a representative of the United Auto Workers union to its board of directors.

Simmons, president of Brown University since 2001, will step down from that post on June 30, remaining with the university as a professor and president emerita. Prior to joining Brown University, she was president of Smith College, the largest U.S. women’s college. She also serves on several boards, including those of Princeton University and Texas Instruments.

Italy’s Fiat now owns 58 percent of Chrysler’s stock after helping guide the third largest US automaker out of bankruptcy.