Work History

Work History
Jul 2010 - Present

Product Planning Sr. Manager

  • Planning responsibility for Light-duty and Heavy-duty Ram Truck portfolio
  • Identify new market / segment opportunities and lead planning effort for defining product solutions
  • Lead cross-company integration of Product Configuration systems with FIAT S.p.A
  • Developed universal Product Planning Business Intelligence Dashboard using Qlikview to integrate product specifications, volumes, pricing, demographics, 3rd Party (Consumer Reports) and internal competitive intelligence into a single user interface.
Feb 2009 - Jun 2010

Brand Manager

  • Profit/Loss responsibility for Jeep Liberty where achieved 106% of the total sales target Year-to-Date and increased retail share by 49% in last 12 months.
  • Expanded Liberty portfolio by introducing Renegade model which has improved the portfolio margin & recently accounted for 6% of the total Liberty portfolio.
  • Identified and currently direct the Jeep College Campaign – an initiative aimed to attract Millenials to the Jeep Brand.  This campaign has sold over 350 new vehicles and contributed over $3M Sales Contribution in the first 9 months.
  • Expanded the program to include the self-directed production of a mini video-series showing a summer intern’s perspective on Jeep.  Leading development of unique Facebook community to engage this audience through Social Media.
  • Initiated and lead the development / marketing launch of Jeep's first-ever iPhone application. TripCastTM achieved Apple's "Featured App" status within the first week and has steadily increased in popularity to be ranked in the Top-10 Travel Apps with nearly 10,000 new users in the first week.
Feb 2006 - Feb 2009

Program Manager

  • Lead the new Chrysler 300 / Dodge Charger Program - launched 2010 calendar year - managing both day-to-day activities and long-term project planning.
  • Responsible for setting strategic program direction, achieving all vehicle milestones, financial and functional targets through directing a cross-functional team of Engineering, Marketing, Manufacturing and Procurement.
  • Create all product documentation and presentation materials for Executive Committee reviews.
  • Developed many new processes by which we are able to track the overall progress of the program - including annual/quarterly/monthly goal alignment across all stakeholders, financial tracking and reporting & specific project coordination activities. 
  • Delivered program to 3% under Capital Investment Budget.
Feb 2004 - Feb 2006

Strategic Portfolio Manager

DaimlerChrysler AG
  • Created marketing strategy, implementation plans and business cases for 3 new products for the Chrysler Group - presented to the Executive Management Board.
  • Led the strategic analysis and re-direction for the full-size SUV portfolio - including brand positioning, product definition & business case development.
  • Developed and implemented first Customer Segmentation methodology for Chrysler Group to identify emotional and rational customer needs. This was used to develop unique customer-brand alignment and develop specific attributes for each product in a platform portfolio to maximize brand alignment and differentiation within the portfolio.
Jun 2000 - Jun 2002

Design Engineer

DaimlerChrysler AG
  • Designed original project plan for developing and implementing the project described above
  • Managed the on-time completion of the $200,000 first implementation phase.
  • Facilitated cross-functional team planning sessions to coordinate initial planning.
Jun 2000 - Feb 2002

Lead Systems Engineer

DaimlerChrysler AG
  • Led the development and implementation of a $30.4M NPV novel, high-technology project across 3 departments.
  • Achieved 30% reduction in project timing.
  • Initiated a new team structure to improve communication and cooperation among the 10 team members. Secured the necessary Director-level approvals for the new organization and physical co-location
Jun 1998 - Jun 2000

Chrysler Institute of Engineering

DaimlerChrysler AG
  • Rotated through 6 Engineering & Marketing areas to provide analytical support to existing and new programs.
  • Established new-vehicle strategy for a new customer segment through self-lead market research in 4 cities with ~100 potential customers.
  • Formed & lead team of engineers, product planners, and marketing personnel to create a full customer profile and vehicle attribute study which was presented and agreed-to by Senior Management.
  • Designed & implemented tools for engineering analysis, marketing & sales metrics.
Sep 1995 - Jun 1998

Asst. Design Engineer

  • Worked part-time during school and full-time in summers as a design engineer.
  • Re-designed (~75% of system), built and successfully tested a 2 cylinder engine which had been non-operational for 20 years.
  • Developed simulation software to calculate crankshaft balancing routines.





Strategic Analysis

Project Management

I am currently responsible for managing an all-new vehicle program for Chrysler, LLC.  It consists of (2) complete vehicles launched less than 2 months apart.  I am the lead Program Manager and have (4) direct-reports who collectively coordinate all aspects of the program (Engineering, Design, Manufacturing, Procurement, Marketing & Strategy).  We have developed a number of new tools, processes and tracking documents in order to manage the complexity (>2,000 commodities).