France Ė DaimlerChrysler announced that after a thirty-three year
career that included distinguished service in the area of Product
Development and Design and membership on the Board of Management of
DaimlerChrysler AG, Thomas C. Gale has announced his intention to retire
at the end of the year.
many of my close friends and colleagues know, I have been contemplating
retirement for some time. When Jim Holden took his position as
President, I agreed to stay on and see the future product plan through,
while continuing to build the team to succeed me. Now that both of those
processes are complete and we're in to the next phase of development,
it's time for me to step back and spend more time with my family,"
said Gale. "Although I am retiring, I'm pleased to say that Jim has
asked me to continue in an advisory role for another two years."
E. Schrempp, Chairman of DaimlerChrysler AG said, "Tom has made a
great contribution to DaimlerChrysler beyond his design
responsibilities. As a Board of Management member he challenged us to
think differently, and like all strong leaders he built a solid team. We
are confident that with Rich Schaum and Trevor Creed he has put
competent successors in place."
is an icon in the automobile industry and a close friend. While he will
surely be missed, he has built a great team to carry on the
legacy," said James P. Holden, President and CEO, DaimlerChrysler
Corporation and Board of Management Member, DaimlerChrysler AG.
"Tom has mentored a wide group of people - especially in design -
and institutionalized his risk-embracing, forward-thinking attitude
which has become part of the fabric of this company's culture."
known for leading a series of concept, and later production vehicle
introductions that began to change the Chrysler and Dodge brands from
conservative, boxy-styled automobiles to more aggressive, clean and
forward-looking vehicles, Gale and his team introduced the
"cab-forward" design architecture to mainstream automobiles.
He began his career at Chrysler in 1967 as a Body Engineer in the
and his team created the Chrysler look - he wanted our products to be in
his words, remarkable," said Holden. "So while he's slowing
down from the 24-7 schedule his position has demanded, it doesn't mean
that we'll be without his counsel moving forward - Tom will maintain an
advisory role with the Chrysler Group for the next two years."
his retirement, Gale will open a design consulting business and work
with the Chrysler Group. He also plans to consult on the automotive
engineering and product development responsibilities are reassigned to
Richard O. Schaum. Schaum is appointed Executive Vice President -
Product Development and Quality & General Manager - Passenger Car
Operations. Both he and Trevor M. Creed, recently appointed Senior Vice
President - Design, will continue to report to Gale through the end of
the year. Upon Gale's retirement, both will report directly to Holden.
his new position, Schaum is responsible for all matters pertaining to
Platform Engineering, Engineering Technologies, Regulatory Affairs,
Product Planning and Quality for DaimlerChrysler Corporation (DCC).
to Schaum are Susan M. Cischke, Senior Vice President - Regulatory
Affairs & General Manager Ė Passenger Car Operations, and Bernard
I. Robertson, Senior Vice President - Engineering Technologies &
General Manager Truck Operations. Also reporting to Schaum in his new
capacity is Eric R. Ridenour, Vice President - Product Planning.
replacement as Senior Vice President - Platform Engineering and Quality
& General Manager - Power Train Operations will be named at a later