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MICHauto Announces Chrysler Group LLC’s Ralph Gilles as Keynote Speaker for 2014 Summit on September 23 at COBO Center

DETROIT, August 20, 2014 –Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program announced that Ralph Gilles, who serves as president and CEO, Motorsports and senior vice president, product design, for Chrysler Group LLC, will deliver a keynote address at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on September 23 at COBO Center in Detroit. The second annual statewide Summit has the theme of Michigan’s Automotive Industry: Concept to Consumer, and will explore the new era of Michigan innovation and the blueprint it sets for the rest of the global automotive industry.

“Few are positioned like Ralph Gilles to shed light on the depth of engineering and cutting-edge design that go into today’s automobile,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto and strategic development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Building on his work in helping to reinvent a classic American brand at Chrysler, Gilles continues to develop vehicles whose design and performance are equally impressive.”

Gilles was appointed president and CEO of Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC in June 2011. He continues to lead the company’s product design office as senior vice president, a position he was named to in June 2009. He has also served as president and CEO of SRT Brand and president and CEO of Dodge brand.

Since first joining the former Chrysler Corporation in 1992 as a designer, Gilles has put his extensive academic background in industrial design and business administration to use, holding various positions within the company. Gilles holds a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University (2002) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (1992).

“A product of two of Michigan’s top-notch institutions of higher education – MSU and CCS –
Ralph Gilles is a great example of the dividends of attracting world-class talent to the automotive industry and why our state is a hotbed for state-of-the-art design. His story should resonate now more than ever, as Michigan’s industry looks to close a talent gap and continue to reinvent itself by attracting the best and brightest,” said Stevens.

Last year’s inaugural Summit, brought together nearly 500 leaders from industry, academia and government at the then-newly renovated COBO Center on September 25, 2013. The first-of-its-kind event focused solely on the entire industry supply chain showcasing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry.

About MICHauto

MICHauto is dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan and is a key economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber. MICHauto embodies a public-private strategy, championing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry and providing a platform for collaboration on advocacy, business attraction and retention, and talent attraction and development. Serving as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive cluster, MICHauto works closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Center for Automotive Research and other Michigan and national organizations. To learn more visit MICHauto.org.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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