Wikipedia: Ralph Gilles
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Ralph Victor Gilles is a Haitian-Canadian-American automobile designer and executive. Gilles was the President and CEO of Chrysler's SRT brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler before being promoted to Head of Design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in April 2015.
Gilles styled the North American Car of the Year-winning 2005 Chrysler 300 after joining Chrysler in 1992. Gilles also led the design team that created the 2014 SRT Viper.
Born in New York City to Haitian immigrants, Gilles was raised in Montreal, Quebec. He studied at Vanier College in Montreal, before moving on to the US for his university studies.
Gilles was drawing concept vehicles at the age of eight. When he was fourteen years old, his aunt Gisele Mouscardy sent one of his sketches to then Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca. A reply came from K. Neil Walling, Chrysler's design chief at the time, suggesting he attend one of three design schools.
Gilles attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and in 2002 received an Executive MBA from Michigan State University. He lives in Oxford, Michigan.
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. 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.
Gilles was profiled in the first season of the Netflix docu-series Abstract: The Art of Design.
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|28 August 1987||From: K.N. Walling, Chrysler Corporation|
To: Ralph Gilles
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|10 June 2010||Dodge Motorsports Media Conference||Joe Balash|
|7 August 2012||NASCAR: Dodge Announcement||Ralph Gilles|
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