Chrysler Group has announced several executive appointments within its worldwide manufacturing organisation.

Craig Corrington, 51, is appointed Vice President — Truck and Activity Vehicle Assembly Operations, Stamping and Components, effective immediately, reporting to Thomas LaSorda, Executive Vice President – Manufacturing. Corrington succeeds Roger Ruggerio, who will retire later this year.

Corrington joined the Chrysler Group in 1973 as a management trainee. Since then, he has held various positions in powertrain and stamping organisations, and most recently was Vice President – Stamping and Component Operations.

Reporting to Corrington will be Carolyn Carlson, 48, who is appointed to the new position of General Manager – Components, effective immediately. She will oversee the Huntsville Electronics, McGraw Glass, Ajax Trim, Etobicoke Casting and New Castle Machining and Forge plants, and will provide liaison support for the Dayton Thermal joint venture with Behr.

Carlson joined the Chrysler Group in 1987, and has served in a number of assignments in supply and component operations.  Most recently, she was Plant Manager of New Castle Machining and Forge.

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Bruce Coventry, 49, is appointed to the new position of Vice President — NAFTA World Engine, effective immediately. He reports to the World Engine Global Steering Team and to Richard Chow-Wah, Vice President – Power Train Manufacturing and Core Team Leader.

Coventry will be appointed to the Global Engine Alliance LLC, an engineering joint venture with Hyundai Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors. He will work with his counterparts at Hyundai and Mitsubishi on the design, development and manufacturing processing of a new family of petrol engines.

Coventry will also lead a joint team to study manufacturing these engines in the NAFTA region.

He joined Chrysler in 1995 as a Manager – Manufacturing Engineering and was most recently Vice President — Engine/Foundry/Axle.

Byron Green, 38, is appointed Vice President Engine/Foundry, replacing Coventry and reporting to Chow-Wah.

Green joined Chrysler February 1998 and has held several positions throughout the company, most recently as Plant Manager of Jefferson North Assembly Plant.