Dahl has worked at FCA or its corporate predecessors since 1985.
Fiat Chrysler said today it has named a longtime executive who most recently oversaw engine development as its new head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance.
Michael Dahl, 52, replaces Scott Kunselman, 52, who announced last month that he intended to retire from FCA on Nov. 30 to become an administrator at Oakland University in suburban Detroit.
Before the appointment, Dahl had been director of FCA’s gasoline/diesel engine programs and global powertrain coordination. In that job, he supervised development of six new engines, FCA said, including the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6.
Dahl, who holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Michigan, had previously been a director of supplier quality. He has worked at FCA or its corporate predecessors since 1985.
Last year, amid a flurry of ongoing recalls and investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kunselman was tapped by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne to restore the company’s safety and engineering reputation. That job included testifying before Congressional committees and negotiating with NHTSA a wide-ranging $105 million consent decree earlier this year.