US: Retirements prompt new Chrysler design appointments
After Monday's momentous change of ownership announcement, it's clearly business as usual as Chrysler on Friday named Brandon Faurote and Joseph Dehner to vice president positions in its product design office, replacing the retiring David McKinnon and Thomas Tremont.
Faurote will head advance exterior and interior design, from 1 July , responsible for the concept, design and refinement of premium, small and family vehicle designs. He reports to Trevor Creed, senior vice president - design. His most recent position was director - exterior and interior design studio #2. He joined DaimlerChrysler in 1993.
Faurote has held a series of increasingly responsible design positions, playing key roles in the development and design of several high-profile Chrysler Group concept and productions vehicles. He worked to design the 2001 Chrysler and Dodge minivans, and also worked on all Jeep models, particularly the 1999 Grand Cherokee. He also led the team that completed the Chrysler Firepower concept vehicle for the Detroit motor show.
Faurote replaces Thomas Tremont who joined DaimlerChrysler in 1972 as a designer. He helped to establish the Pacifica design studios, one of the first west coast design studios for a domestic automotive manufacturer and one that focused on vehicle ideas and possibilities years ahead of production. He was instrumental in bringing the Plymouth Prowler concept vehicle to market as a production vehicle.
Joseph Dehner, head of small, premium and family vehicle design, from 1 June also will report to Creed.
He was previously director - truck exterior and interior design. Dehner also joined DaimlerChrysler as a designer - in 1988 - and was responsible for several concept and production vehicles including the 2007 Sebring sedan and convertible interior and exterior designs, the 2001 Sebring and Stratus exterior designs, and the 1999 Dodge Charger and 2000 Chrysler 300 Hemi C concept vehicles.
Dehner replaces David McKinnon who joined DaimlerChrysler in 1968 as a designer and worked on the exterior, interior and wheels of many concept and production vehicles, including key models like the Chrysler 300, Dodge and Chrysler minivans and the Chrysler Crossfire.