Auburn Hills, Michigan – Tom LaSorda has announced his retirement as vice-chairman and president of Chrysler LLC, effective immediately.

LaSorda was appointed to the position in August 2007, serving in both the Office of the Chairman and on the Board of Managers. He was responsible for manufacturing, procurement and supply, employee relations, global business development and alliances.

“As the head of our global business development, Tom LaSorda arranged the first meeting with Fiat and played a pivotal role in developing the alliance,” said Bob Nardelli, Chrysler chairman and CEO. “His leadership has been instrumental in steering Chrysler through many challenges and has helped our company lay the foundation for a great future. Tom is the fourth generation of LaSordas to work for Chrysler, so he truly has the company in his blood. We thank him for his many contributions and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Nardelli, who has also been leading Chrysler since August 2007, previously announced that he plans to leave the company following its emergence from bankruptcy and completion of the Fiat alliance, and will return as an advisor to Cerberus Capital Management.

LaSorda was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1954. Prior to joining Chrysler in 2000, he worked for General Motors, serving in several capacities including president of Opel Eisenach GmbH, and vice-president of Quality, Reliability and Competitive Operations. He earned a reputation as an authority on lean manufacturing by helping to launch CAMI, the GM-Suzuki joint venture plant in Ontario, and Opel Eisenach, GM’s venture in the former East Germany. In 2004, he was awarded a Distinguished Service Citation by the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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