Chrysler CPO steps down from post

18 April 2012


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17 April 2012 | Adam Leach




Dan Knott has retired from his role of senior vice-president, purchasing and supplier quality at automotive firm Chrysler with immediate effect.




Knott’s decision to retire was taken for medical reasons. He took up the role in December 2009 and has worked for the car manufacturer for 24 years. During his time in the position he worked to repair the reputation of the automaker after it emerged from bankruptcy protection in the mid-2009. Speaking in November of that year, Knott said: We are ranked last in the industry [on vendor relations]. My objective is to significantly improve those relationships in the coming months.”




According to the most recent North American Automotive Tier 1 Supplier-OEM Working Relations Survey the company’s reputation among suppliers had suffered because of the financial difficulties it faced, but under Knott’s leadership its standing has risen. Both the 2010 and 2011 editions of the research found that the supplier view of the company had improved.




The latest results said the company had “reduced the number of suppliers that ranking it as having ‘very poor – poor’ working relations, and increasing the number saying it has ‘good – very good’ working relations.”




Commenting on Knott’s departure, Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO of Chrysler said in a statement: “He has done an outstanding job rehabilitating Chrysler’s relations with suppliers and, in doing so, enhancing our ability to offer more competitive products.”




Scott Kunselman, the manufacturer’s senior vice-president of engineering, will replace Knott as head of purchasing with immediate effect. Kunselman, who joined the company’s product engineering department in 1985, will be replaced in the engineering role by Mark Chernoby, another company veteran.

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