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FCA's Ralph Gilles To Open Media Preview


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Chicago (Jan. 11, 2017) - The 2017 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview will open Thursday, Feb. 9, with the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) breakfast. MAMA will present the Family Vehicle of the Year award and introduce keynote speaker Ralph Gilles, head of design, FCA - Global.

Gilles also serves on the Group Executive Council (GEC) for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA). Gilles served as the Senior Vice President - Product Design and President and CEO - Motorsports, FCA - North America; President and CEO - SRT Brand and President and CEO - Dodge brand for FCA US LLC. He was named Vice President - Design in September 2008.

Gilles is extremely active inside and outside the Company. He serves as the executive sponsor of the Chrysler African American Network (CAAN) in addition to playing a supporting role with The Chrysler Global Diversity Council. He also serves on the board of the Michigan Design Council. At his alma mater, The College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Gilles is a member of the CCS Board of Trustees and the CCS Capital Committee.

"It's an honor to have someone of Ralph's caliber to open the nation's largest auto show," said Mike McGrath, Chicago Auto Show chairman. "FCA has long supported the Chicago Auto Show with executive addresses, important product introductions, indoor test tracks and the largest display it produces worldwide."

Doors open for the MAMA breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 9. Valid media or exhibitor credentials are required for admission.

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