Ralph Gilles

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Ralph Victor Gilles (born January 14th, 1970) is an American-Canadian automobile designer and currently the President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler.

Gilles, pronounced "Zheel," styled the 2005 Chrysler 300 — after joining Chrysler in 1992.[1] Gilles was also the boss of the design team who created the 2014 SRT Viper.

Background[edit]

Born in New York City to Haitian immigrants, Gilles was raised in Montreal, Quebec.[2]

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.[3] A reply came from K. Neil Walling, Chrysler's design chief at the time, suggesting Gilles attend one of three design schools.[citation needed]

Gilles attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and in 2002 received an Executive MBA from Michigan State University.[4] Gilles lives in Oxford, Michigan.[5]

Career[edit]

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.[4][6] 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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Executive bios: Ralph V. Gilles". chrysler.com. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Watson, Thomas (2006-09-22). "The cult of Ralph: Chrysler's Ralph Gilles". Canadian Business. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "The cult of Ralph: Chrysler's Ralph Gilles". Canadian Business, Sep 22, 2006 Thomas Watson. 
  4. ^ a b "Gilles, Ralph V." (PDF). Chrysler Executive Bio. Chrysler. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.automationalley.com/a2_nws_eventinfo?id=a086000000HU8PjAAL
  6. ^ "Chrysler Head Designer Is Latest to Leave Firm". Wall Street Journal. 19 August 2043. p. B4. Retrieved 21 March 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ <Healey, James R. (June 8, 2011). "Fiat shuffles Chrysler hats: Design chief/Dodge CEO Gilles to run SRT". USA Today. Retrieved June 10, 2011.