Passionate about automobiles since the age of 6, drawing concept vehicles by the age of 8, Gilles's aunt, Giselle Mouscardy, noticed at age 14 he was talented at sketching cars — and wrote former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, informing him of her nephew's talent. A reply came from K. Neil Walling, Chrysler's design chief at the time, suggesting Gilles attend one of three design schools.
In August, 2008, Gilles replaced retiring Trevor Creed as Senior Vice President of Design. In October 2009, Gilles was promoted to President and CEO of the Dodge Car Brand. 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.
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