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Chrysler LLC Announces Leadership Changes; Integrates Treasury and Information Technology Management

2008-08-04 13:03:00

Chrysler LLC Announces Leadership Changes; Integrates Treasury and Information Technology Management

   - Jan A. Bertsch Appointed Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief

                            Information Officer

   - Richard D. Houtman Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary to


   - Holly E. Leese Named Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 4 /EMWNews/ -- Chrysler LLC today

announced the appointment of Jan A. Bertsch, Senior Vice President

Treasurer and Chief Information Officer as part of an on-going effort to

streamline functions for greater efficiencies. Bertsch will lead the

efforts to consolidate Information Technology Management and Treasury into

a new structure.

    Under this integrated structure, Bertsch is responsible for the

Company's global treasury operations. She continues to direct the Company's

systems and computer hardware strategy and planning, systems applications

development, data center operations and telecommunications network


    "As we move forward, we will continue to create organizational

efficiencies and maximize the talents of our executive team," said Ronald

Kolka, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Office of the

Chairman, Chrysler LLC. "Jan is a strong leader that will help take this

effort to a new level."

    Bertsch joined Chrysler in 2001 and was most recently Vice President

and Chief Information Officer. In 2005, she was named to the Automotive

News list of "100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry."

    In addition, Richard D. Houtman, Chrysler LLC's Vice President -

General Counsel and Secretary announced his decision to retire.

    "Rick has been a tremendous asset to this organization during his 36

years of service dating back to the American Motors days," said Robert

Nardelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler LLC. "We are

grateful for his extraordinary contributions, including most recently his

leadership in re- establishing a stand alone legal function for Chrysler

LLC. His unwavering dedication and leadership has served this organization

well and we wish Rick the best in his well-earned retirement."

    With Houtman's departure, Holly Leese is named Vice President, General

Counsel and Secretary for Chrysler LLC. She is responsible for the Office

of the General Counsel. Her practice areas include executive compensation,

employee benefits, acquisitions and divestitures, board/board committee

matters, general corporate, financings and corporate governance issues.

Most recently, Leese served as Assistant General Counsel - Corporate

Affairs. She joined Chrysler in 1980.

    Chrysler LLC, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., produces Chrysler,

Jeep(R), Dodge and Mopar(R) brand vehicles and products. Total sales

worldwide in 2007 were 2.7 million vehicles. Sales outside of North America

were the highest ever with an increase of 15 percent over 2006. Its product

lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including

the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee and

Dodge Challenger and Ram. The Chrysler Foundation, the Company's

philanthropic arm, annually supports hundreds of charitable organizations

in the United States and throughout the world. In 2007, the Foundation gave

approximately $21 million in charitable donations.

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