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DETROIT -- Chrysler Group named its former minivan chief engineer to head the automaker’s product planning for North America, effective immediately.
As NAFTA head of product planning, Ben Winter, 55, will be responsible for research and planning for all of the company’s vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
He replaces Joe Veltri, who in May was named head of investor relations for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Most recently, Winter was vice president for vehicle engineering at Chrysler. He joined Chrysler in 2008 as chief engineer for its minivan lineup after working at Ford Motor Co.
Winter holds several degrees from the University of Michigan, including a doctorate in metallurgical engineering, and holds an engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla.