DETROIT — The resignation of Jason Vines, Chrysler LLC's outspoken public affairs and communications chief, means the automaker will take a quieter, more tight-lipped approach to telling its story.
After Vines' resignation last week, Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli downgraded public relations by putting it under the authority of Nancy Rae, senior vice president of human resources.
Vines' position as vice president of communications has been eliminated.
Since Vines joined Chrysler in 2003, he reported directly to three CEOs: Dieter Zetsche, Tom LaSorda and Nardelli.
Under the new structure, the four communications department heads who reported to Vines will report instead to Rae. None will be a vice president, and none will run communications.
The four are:
1. Rick Deneau, director of product communications
2. Lori McTavish, director of global market communications
3. David Barnas, senior manager of corporate and internal communications
4. Shawn Morgan, manager of North American sales and marketing.
In an unrelated development, Mike Aberlich, Chrysler director of corporate and internal communications, said he will retire this month.