Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced earlier today that North American design boss, Ralph Gilles would be taking over the helm of the company’s global design office. The Canadian, who penned the Chrysler 300 among other vehicles, could be considered the most passionate and involved automotive executive in the industry.
More than just a design guy, Gilles is an accomplished racing driver and continual back yard tinkerer, who often spends time with fellow racers, working on cars late into the night. This guy is an executive who lives and breathes automobiles, which is exactly what the industry needs.
Gilles replaces the retiring Lorenzo Ramaciotti, who will continue on as an advisor to CEO Sergio Marchionne, who also considers himself Canadian. Gilles will continue in his role in North America and has been named to the company’s Executive Council, which is the top level of decision making at the global automaker.