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Ralph Gilles started working for Chrysler immediately after graduating from design school in 1992. At Chrysler, he has held the top ranking position of design director and was later promoted further to vice-president of design.

In October 2009, Gilles was named president and CEO of the Dodge car brand, while continuing his duties as head of Chrysler’s division of product design.

Ralph originally served as Director – Exterior/Interior Product Design and Specialty Vehicles for the DaimlerChrysler Corporation and was recently promoted to Vice President – Jeep/Truck and Component Design.

A highlight of his career was having his Chrysler 300 car win the 2005 Motor Trend “Car of the Year” Award. (Links to this and other stories at the bottom of this page)

His schooling career and training includes studying Transportation Design at the Center of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, receiving a Bachelors of Science Degree in 1992, and an MBA from Michigan State University in 2002.

In addition, he served as a part-time instructor at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

Gilles served as the primary interior designer for the Dodge Viper GTS/R, Dodge ESX2 and Jeep®Jeepster concept vehicles; and the production versions of the 2003 Dodge Viper and 2002 Jeep Liberty. He is director of the Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300C.

He was born in 1970 in New York, NY, but he grew up in Montreal. Ralph currently lives in Lake Orion, Michigan. He enjoys car tuning/modification and amateur club racing.

Related Websites

  • December 2009: Updated Bio Of Ralph Gilles From The Niagara Falls Review
  • October 2006: Canadian Business Magazine In-Depth Story On Ralph Gilles
  • March 2006: Ralph Gilles Promoted To Vice President By Chrysler
  • January 2005: Ny Times Article On Gilles’ Dodge Charger
  • From Slacker To Superstar, The Ralph Gilles Story
  • Chrysler 300 Wins 2005 Motor Trend’s Car Of The Year Award
  • Ralph Gilles Wins 2005 Black Engineer Of The Year Award
  • Gilles Wins Nv Magazine’s Innovation Award

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