Chrysler Establishes Vehicle Safety Office

Chrysler has established a new office for Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance, which will be led by senior vice president Scott Kunselman (left, above). The role reports directly to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, and will operate independently to monitor any vehicle-safety issues, and may have been inspired by a similar appointment General Motors took in reaction to its recall woes.

Earlier this year, GM named Jeff Boyer as Vehicle Safety Chief in the wake of its widespread ignition-switch recall; Boyer is tasked with making executives aware of any possible recall or safety issues to prevent them slipping under the radar. At Chrysler, vehicle safety was previously part of the global engineering group’s domain.

Chrysler said the new position will, “help intensify the Company’s continuing commitment to vehicle safety and regulatory compliance.”

Kunselman joined Chrysler in 1984 as a transmission engineer, and has since worked on a variety of different project. In 2012, he was named senior vice president of purchasing and supplier quality.

Chrysler also announced that John Nigro (right, above) becomes head of NAFTA Product Development, effective today. The role means Nigro will oversee product planning, testing, engineering, and validation for all vehicles sold in North America. He was previously vice president of systems and component engineering; Nigro joined Chrysler in 1984. He replaces Mark Chernoby, who moves from NAFTA Product Development to become chief operating officer of product development.

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