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Appeals Court Issues Chrysler Sale Opinion

* August 5, 2009, 3:59 PM ET

Appeals Court Issues Chrysler Sale Opinion

Nearly two months after Chrysler’s controversial bankruptcy sale closed, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion on its decision to allow the sale to move forward.

In the opinion released Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit rejected arguments made by a group of Chrysler’s lenders that the auto maker’s sale was an attempt to subvert Chapter 11 rules. The court also said the lenders, a group of Indiana pension funds, didn’t have standing to challenge the U.S. government’s decision to use money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to fund the sale of Chrysler’s assets.

Judge Dennis Jacobs, the 2nd Circuit’s chief judge, said the sale was the only way for Chrysler to avoid liquidation, which would have meant far lower recoveries for all creditors, including the lenders. In the opinion, Jacobs said Chrysler was rapidly losing value in Chapter 11 and needed to sell its assets quickly to avoid irreparable damage.

“With its revenues sinking, its factories dark, and its massive debts growing, Chrysler fit the paradigm of the melting ice cube,” Jacobs wrote. “Going concern value was being reduced each passing day that it produced no cars, yet was obliged to pay rents, overhead, and salaries.”

There’s a whole lot more – 53 pages to be exact. You can read the full decision here.http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/chrysler_opinion.pdf

Article LINK: Appeals Court Issues Chrysler Sale Opinion - Bankruptcy Beat - WSJ
 

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Chrysler Group To Expand Accepted Product Liability Claims

Chrysler Group To Expand Accepted Product Liability Claims

Decision reflects confidence in viability of the company

Auburn Hills, Mich. , Aug 27, 2009 -

In a letter sent today to Members of Congress, Chrysler Group LLC announced that the company will accept product liability claims on vehicles manufactured by Chrysler LLC (now OldCarco LLC) before June 10, 2009, and involved in accidents on or after that date. On June 10, 2009, Chrysler Group purchased substantially all of the assets of Old Carco.
"We know a lot more about the viability of our business today than when we purchased Old Carco's assets in its bankruptcy proceedings several months ago," said John Bozzella, Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Public Policy, Chrysler Group LLC. "While Chrysler Group still faces challenges, we are confident that the future viability of the company will not be threatened if we accept these claims."
OldCarco filed for bankruptcy protection on April 30, 2009. Following many complex and lengthy hearings, the bankruptcy court approved the sale of substantially all of OldCarco's assets to a newly formed company, Chrysler Group LLC. As part of the bankruptcy court-approved purchase, Chrysler Group had agreed to assume liability only for cars sold by Chrysler Group. As a result of today's announcement, Chrysler Group's approach is consistent with that taken by General Motors as part of its bankruptcy process.
"We want our customers to feel comfortable and confident buying, driving and enjoying one of our vehicles," Bozzella said. "Chrysler Group vehicles meet or exceed all applicable federal safety standards and have excellent safety records."
 

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Chrysler Group LLC Policy

Chrysler Group LLC Policy

Policy Number: 2-6

Subject / Title: Expense Policy

Purpose:
To comply with the Expense Policy requirements set forth in the First Lien Credit Agreement, dated as of
June 10, 2009, with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

This Expense Policy:
1. Requires compliance with all Requirements of Law.
2. Applies to Chrysler Group LLC and all of its Subsidiaries.
3. Governs:

(A) Hosting, sponsorship or other payment for conferences and events, and requires that the cost to the Chrysler Group company in connection with a conference or event be reasonable and commensurate with the expected benefit to the company;

(B) Travel accommodations and expenditures, and requires that employees arrange (utilizing Chrysler Group’s business travel department to the extent available) for reasonably priced transportation, lodging and meals while conducting business out of town and avoid lavish or extravagant expenditures;

(C) Consulting arrangements with outside service providers, and requires that all consulting arrangements (other than for professional accounting/audit, tax, legal, or investment banking services) that involve payments by a Chrysler Group company to an outside service provider totaling USD $5 million or more during a calendar year be approved in advance by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of Chrysler Group LLC;

(D) Any new lease or acquisition of real estate, and requires that a business case supporting the need for such real estate, including an independent appraisal of the market value of comparable real estate, be submitted by the sponsoring organization to those designated under Corporate Process Guideline ADM071 (Delegation of Authority) as having the necessary level of spending authority to approve the transaction; provided that (i) a lease
or acquisition involving a total expenditure in excess of USD $5 million shall require the prior approval of the Chief Financial Officer of Chrysler Group LLC or a committee designated by such officer, (ii) this policy does not apply to the lease or acquisition of dealership properties in the ordinary course of business, and (iii) no appraisal is required if total expenditure is less than $250,000, or if other recent information about market value is obtained;

(E) Expenses relating to office or facility renovations or relocations, and requires that a business case supporting the need for such renovation or relocation be submitted by the sponsoring organization to those designated under Corporate Process Guideline ADM071 (Delegation of Authority) as having the necessary level of spending authority to approve the transaction; provided that a renovation or relocation involving a total expenditure in excess of USD $5 million shall require the prior approval of the Chief Financial Officer or a committee designated by such officer; provided further that this
policy does not apply to the renovation or relocation dealership properties in the ordinary course of business; and 2

(F) Expenses relating to entertainment or holiday parties, and requires that no expenses be incurred by a Chrysler Group company for entertainment or holiday parties exclusively or primarily for the benefit of employees unless such expenses are reasonable in amount and customary in nature, approved in advance by a Senior Vice President or higher graded officer and reported to the Chief Financial Officer of Chrysler Group LLC or its Business Practices Committee; provided that other activities, such as business meals, conducted in accordance with another published Chrysler Group policy or corporate process guideline, including one of those noted below, do not require separate approval under this Expense Policy.

4. Requires the following internal reporting and oversight:

(A) The Corporate Audit Department shall review and, if compliant with this Expense Policy and other applicable corporate policies and guidelines, approve the expense reports of the senior executive officers (Search Engine Optimization, as defined below) within the Chrysler Group (Chrysler Group LLC and Subsidiaries), and report any instances of noncompliance quarterly to the
Audit Committee of Chrysler Group LLC’s Board of Directors;

(B) The Corporate Audit Department shall audit the expense reports of each Senior Employee (as defined below) within the Chrysler Group who is not an Search Engine Optimization for compliance with this Expense Policy annually and report the results to the Audit Committee of Chrysler Group LLC’s Board of Directors;

(C) The Corporate Audit Department shall audit the expense reports of other employees within the Chrysler Group for compliance with this Expense Policy periodically on a random basis and report the results annually to Chrysler Group LLC’s Business Practices Committee; and

(D) Subcertification forms distributed on a quarterly basis in connection with Chrysler Group LLC’s internal control over financial reporting process shall include a statement to the effect that the subcertifier is not aware of any noncompliance with this Expense Policy or that any suspected noncompliance has been reported to Chrysler Group LLC’s Business Practices Committee, or if such suspected noncompliance involves a Senior Employee within the Chrysler Group, to the Audit Committee of Chrysler Group LLC’s Board of Directors.

5. Requires the following mechanisms for addressing non-compliance with this Expense Policy:

(A) Suspected instances of non-compliance with this Expense Policy shall be investigated by the Company’s Business Practices Office and (i) if involving a Senior Employee within the Chrysler Group, shall be reported to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, and (ii) if involving other employees, shall be reported to the Business Practices Committee; and

(B) Confirmed instances of non-compliance shall subject the employee to such discipline, up to and including discharge from employment, as the employing Chrysler Group company may deem appropriate under the circumstances after reviewing with the Audit Committee or the Business Practices Committee, as the case may be.

6. Requires that all material amendments of this Expense Policy be approved in advance by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and that all material deviations (violations or waivers) be reported by Chrysler Group LLC to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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Related Policy Statements: Related corporate policies and corporate process guidelines to be observed in connection with this Expense Policy:
· Policy 1-4 – Conflict of Interests
· Policy 2-4 – Reimbursement of Employee Expenditures
· Policy 11-6 – Transfer or Relocation of Facilities
· Policy 3-4 – Employee Discipline
· CPG ADM071 – Delegation of Authority
· CPG GEN008 – Contract Negotiation and Review
· CPG GEN015 – Business Travel Policy
· CPG GEN016 – Employee Business Expense Reporting
· CPG GEN020 – Corporate Meeting Charge Card Request and Guideline
· CPG GEN021 – Taxation of Employee, Spouse/Companion and Family

Member Travel

Related Expenses

· CPG FIN 105D – Lease Requests

· Chrysler Group U.S. Sales and Marketing – Key Internal Control Processes & Guidelines

Amendments to the above policies require the approval of Chrysler Group LLC’s Business Practices Committee and amendments to the above guidelines required the approval of Chrysler Group LLC’s Internal Control Committee, unless otherwise noted in the policy or guideline. In the event of a conflict
between this Expense Policy and Chrysler Group LLC’s Integrity Code, other Chrysler Group Policies, Corporate Process Guidelines, or codes of conduct, this Expense Policy shall govern.

Definitions:
“Requirements of Law” means, with reference to any Person, the Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws or other organizational or governing documents of such Person, and any law, treaty, rule or regulation or
determination of an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction or other Governmental Authority, in each case applicable to and binding upon such Person and any of its property, and to which such Person and any
of its property is subject.
“Senior Employee” means any of the twenty-five (25) most highly compensated employees (including the SEOs).
“SEO” means a senior executive officer as defined in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
(EESA), as amended, and any interpretation of such term by the U.S. Treasury Department, including the rules set forth in 31 C.F.R. Part 30.
“Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person, any corporation, association, joint venture, partnership, limited liability company or other business entity (whether now existing or hereafter organized) of which at
least a majority of the voting stock is, at the time as of which any determination is being made, owned or controlled by such Person or one or more subsidiaries of such Person.

Policy Number: 2-6
Subject / Title: Expense Policy
Approved by: Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler Group LLC
Approval Date: July 8, 2009
 

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Chrysler Group LLC Realigns Powertrain Department

Chrysler Group LLC Realigns Powertrain Department; Appoints Senior Vice President, Chrysler Powertrain

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 22, 2009 -

Chrysler Group LLC today, in recognition of the importance of powertrain technologies to the Company’s success, realigned its powertrain organization and named Paolo E. Ferrero Senior Vice President of Chrysler Powertrain.

Chrysler Group is restructuring its Powertrain organization by bringing it under a single point of responsibility, reporting directly to Sergio Marchionne.

In this position, Ferrero is directly responsible for all powertrain activities for Chrysler Group with a focus on technology sharing with the Fiat Powertrain Technologies organization. Additionally, he will provide indirect oversight of powertrain manufacturing, testing, quality, and international operations while also ensuring strong integration and alignment with the Chrysler Group vehicle engineering organization and other supporting functions.

Ferrero joins Chrysler Group from Fiat Powertrain Technologies where he gained extensive experience in product development and powertrain. His most recent position was Vice President – Product Engineering.

Ferrero holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Turin.
 

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Chrysler Shakes Up Executive Positions

* OCTOBER 5, 2009, 9:33 A.M. ET

Chrysler Shakes Up Executive Positions


The heads of Chrysler Group LLC's Dodge and Chrysler brands resigned, the latest shake-up as the auto maker continues to retool.

Olivier Francois will become president and chief executive of the Chrysler brand. Mr. Francois is a Fiat SpA veteran, most recently heading up the Lancia brand, which he will continue to run. He also will be lead executive for the company's global marketing organization. Michael Manley will stay on as president and CEO of the Jeep brand.

Peter Fong, head of the Chrysler brand resigned for personal reasons, while Dodge chief Michael Accavitti left to pursue other interests, the company said.

Fred Diaz Jr. will serve as president and chief executive for Dodge RAM trucks, while Ralph Gilles will take on those roles for Dodge cars. Mr. Diaz, who has been with the company since 1989, most recently was director of the company's Denver business center. Mr. Gilles will continue to lead Chrysler's product-design organization.

Fiat has been working on a restructuring plan for Chrysler, which is expected to be presented to the U.S. auto task force this month. Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne has been overseeing a restructuring of the U.S. auto maker since Fiat bought a 20% stake this year.

LINK:Chrysler Shakes Up Executive Positions - WSJ.com
 

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New and departing Chrysler execs

A look at the new and departing Chrysler execs

Mon Oct 5

Chrysler Group LLC on Monday announced a shakeup of top management, as two brand CEOs left and the Dodge brand was split into car and truck operations. The following are key executives involved in the changes.

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FRED DIAZ JR.: Diaz, 43, has been tapped to run Chrysler Group LLC's newly created Dodge Ram brand, under which the company's trucks will be sold. He will also be Chrysler's lead U.S. sales executive. Previously, he served as director of the company's Denver operations. Diaz joined Chrysler in 1989.

RALPH GILLES: Gilles, 39, was named head of the new Dodge car brand, in charge of vehicles like the Dodge Avenger sedan and Caliber hatchback, along with minivans. He will continue as Chrysler's vice president of design. Gilles joined Chrysler in 1992.

OLIVIER FRANCOIS: Francois, 48, was named head of Chrysler brand. He served previously as an executive at Fiat Group SpA — Chrysler's new owner — where he led the company's Lancia brand, a position he will keep. He will also be the company's head worldwide marketing executive. Francois joined Fiat in 2005.

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PETER FONG: Fong, 45, was named head of the Chrysler brand in June in one of the first new appointments under Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne. He served previously as director of the company's Mid-Atlantic operations and has worked at Ford Motor Co.

He resigned for personal reasons, Chrysler said.

MICHAEL ACCAVITTI: Accavitti, 50, headed the Dodge brand, a position he held since June. He was also the company's lead marketing executive, a job he held starting in December 2008. He served previously as director of Dodge brand marketing.

He left the company to pursue other interests, Chrysler said.

Article Link:A look at the new and departing Chrysler execs - Yahoo! News
 

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Chrysler returns $5.5 million bonds to Ind

Chrysler returns $5.5 million bonds to Ind. county

October 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — Chrysler has returned $5.5 million in bonds to an Indiana county to settle a dispute over millions of dollars the county spent toward a transmission plant that a Chrysler supplier stopped building last year.

The Indiana secretary of state's office said Wednesday that it agreed to drop a securities fraud complaint against the automaker now known as Old Carco LLC as part of a consent agreement accepted Oct. 22 by a federal bankruptcy court in New York.

The bonds backed by Tipton County were used to pay for infrastructure at the Getrag Transmission Manufacturing site along U.S. 31 near Tipton.

Getrag, a German auto parts maker, halted construction on the 900,000-square-foot plant in October 2008 after Chrysler pulled out of a financing agreement for the $530 million plant, which was designed to produce energy-saving dual-clutch transmissions for Chrysler.

The plant about 35 miles north of Indianapolis was expected to create up to 1,400 jobs.

Getrag filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the plant, which is about 80 percent complete, in late November 2008.

In April, the secretary of state's office accused Chrysler of committing securities fraud by failing to inform county officials that its agreement with Getrag was in jeopardy. The state has agreed to dismiss that complaint.

Chrysler spokesman Michael Palese said the company has repaid the $5.5 million in bonds as specified by the agreement. He said Chrysler agreed to the settlement with Indiana because it wanted "to assist in the development of the properties for the benefit of the region."

Tipton County Commissioner Jane Harper said the county has dropped its request that Chrysler also return $4.2 million for other bonds and $300,000 in county economic development funds related to the project because it was highly unlikely that money could be recovered.

She said that in March, before Chrysler entered bankruptcy, the automaker had offered to pay back the $5.5 million in bonds as well as the other $4.5 million.

But when Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection in April, she said it became unrealistic for the county to continue to pursue the $4.5 million, which were deemed third-party costs.

"Idealistically we would love to have it all back. We do believe we're owed that," she said. "But with the way that bankruptcy things go, you take what you can get."

Harper said the county now hopes to use the $5.5 million in returned bond money and another $5.5 million in bonds the county recovered earlier from Getrag to offer $11 million in bonding to a company that manufacturers parts for the solar power industry that's interested in moving into the empty building.

"I'm pleased that by holding Chrysler accountable to the terms of this agreement we will be facilitating Tipton County's recovery of these bonds, and that the county can finally move forward with efforts to ensure this commercial property fulfills its promise," said Secretary of State Todd Rokita.

LINK:The Associated Press: Chrysler returns $5.5 million bonds to Ind. county
 

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New Information Officer &Treasurer

Chrysler appoints new information officer, treasurer

Tue Nov 24, 2009

DETROIT, Nov 24 Chrysler Group LLC has appointed a former Fiat Group executive as its new chief information officer in the latest management shake-up under Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne.

Scott Sandschafer, a former executive at CNH America LLC -- a Fiat SpA (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) subsidiary -- was appointed vice president and chief information officer, reporting to Marchionne.

The U.S. automaker also named Walter Bodden Jr as vice president and treasurer. Bodden, who has served as chief investment officer for Chrysler most recently, will report to Chief Financial Officer Richard Palmer.

The two executives will split the role formerly held by Jan Bertsch, who had announced announced she will be leaving Chrysler effective Nov. 30.

The appointments are the latest turnover at the company's senior level after Chrysler completed its bankruptcy reorganization in June by selling most of its assets to a group led by Fiat, which took a 20 percent ownership in Chrysler and full management control.

In October, the automaker replaced the heads of its Dodge and Chrysler brands.

Marchionne, who heads both Fiat and Chrysler, offered an ambitious turnaround plan for Chrysler on Nov. 4, saying it would more than double sales, roll out a dozen new models built on Fiat platforms and pay back debt to U.S. taxpayers over the next five years.

But analysts have said Chrysler could be short on time to steer its faltering operations toward recovery and rebuild interest among American consumers.

For the year to date, Chrysler's U.S. sales are down almost 39 percent and it has had to rely on far more aggressive discounts than rivals to sell cars and trucks.

LINK:Chrysler appoints new information officer, treasurer | Markets | Markets News | Reuters
 

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New CIO and Treasurer named

New CIO and Treasurer named

Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 2:38 PM EST. (Employee News)

default-auburn-hills-2In support of ongoing operations, Chrysler Group LLC announced executive appointments for the positions of Chief Information Officer and Treasurer effective Dec. 1.

Scott A. Sandschafer was appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer reporting to Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer. In this position, Sandschafer is responsible for the support of all information technology applications and infrastructure supporting the Chrysler Group’s business units in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

Sandschafer joins the Chrysler Group from CNH America LLC where he served as the Head of Information Systems—SAP Core Program. Sandschafer also previously lead numerous global information and communication technology programs at Accenture.

In addition, Walter P. Bodden Jr. was appointed Vice President and Treasurer reporting to Richard Palmer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

In this position, Bodden is responsible for all Chrysler Group Treasury activities, including cash management processes, domestic and foreign investments, U.S. and Canadian pension funds, retiree trusts, employee managed savings, and banking and its related activities. Bodden joined Chrysler Corporation in 1984 and has held positions of increasing responsibility.

Most recently, Bodden served as the Chief Investment Officer for the Chrysler Group.

Jan A. Bertsch, Treasurer and Chief Information Officer, previously announced she will be leaving the Chrysler Group effective Nov. 30 to pursue other opportunities.

“I am delighted to have Scott and Walter assume key roles at Chrysler Group,” Marchionne said. “Their background and expertise will support the further development of our company. These appointments are part of the Chrysler Group’s strategy to continuously reinforce its management team, a strategy pursued through internal professional growth and the alliance with Fiat Group. I thank Jan for her contribution provided to the company and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
 

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Chrysler ends summer vacation policy

December 2, 2009

Chrysler ends summer vacation policy

Salaried employees no longer must use time during July shutdown



Chrysler Group LLC has notified salaried workers that they no longer have to use two weeks of vacation time during next year's summer shutdown.

Under previous owner Cerberus Capital Management LP, the policy for the past two years was that salaried employees were supposed to take vacation time in July when the plants closed for two weeks to retool to build the next model year vehicles.

The first year of the mandate, notice was given too late for full compliance but the change generated widespread grumbling among employees.

This year there was ample notice of the mandatory vacation, but the shutdown came a month after Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy and formed a partnership with Fiat SpA. With so much work to be done quickly under new management, many employees, especially in product development, worked through the July shutdown.

Under new CEO Sergio Marchionne, the policy for July has changed, The Detroit News has learned. Salaried employees were recently notified that 2010 vacation requests are once again to be used at their discretion, subject to approval.

Most plants and support staff will continue to observe the summer shutdown scheduled for the weeks of July 12 and 19, "except where volume demands dictate continued production," Chrysler said in a statement. "The specific schedule for each plant will be evaluated in the coming weeks and a future announcement will be made."

Plant closings are announced a week in advance, said spokeswoman Eileen Wunderlich.

Marchionne has said Chrysler wants to better match supply to demand to eliminate the need for high incentives.

Chrysler saw sales fall 25 percent in November, on top of a 30 percent drop in October.

The automaker had 64 days' supply of vehicles at the end of November and said inventory has been cut 56 percent since a year ago.

LINK: Chrysler ends summer vacation policy | detnews.com | The Detroit News
 

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PR: Changes to Its Agency Roster

Chrysler Group LLC Announces Changes to Its Agency Roster

- Appoints new agency to handle media planning and buying

- Expands existing agency relationship to include CRM activities

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 9, 2009

Chrysler Group LLC announced today that UM will be the company's new agency of record for media planning and buying for the Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram brands in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The appointment is effective immediately.

The announcement comes as the contract with the company's current media buying agency, PHD, ends in January 2010. The two agencies will work over the next two months to ensure a smooth transition.

With the new agency, media buying and planning will be primarily run out of Detroit with the support of offices in New York and San Francisco. The scope of work covers traditional and digital media. In addition to media buying and planning, UM will also be tasked with supporting Chrysler's retail marketing initiatives.

"As a new company with a brand-driven focus, we are looking for agencies that can deliver unique ideas and solutions to help us better communicate with consumers," said Olivier Francois, President and CEO, Chrysler Brand and Head of Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. "These changes will allow Chrysler greater efficiencies and flexibility in the use of its media across all four brands and at the retail level."

In addition, Chrysler also announced that Meredith Integrated Marketing will manage CRM initiatives for both the U.S. and Canada. This announcement builds on an already existing relationship Chrysler has with Meredith as a custom publisher. The team supporting Chrysler will be primarily based in Detroit.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Ram, Dodge, Mopar® and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) brand vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler's culture of innovation - first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 - and Fiat's complementary technology - from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group LLC's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Ram. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
 

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Supreme Court dismisses Indiana challenge

Supreme Court dismisses Indiana challenge
December 14th, 2009

Indiana’s treasurer was dealt a final defeat by the United States Supreme Court, which dismissed three state pension funds’ challenge to the sale of 20% of Chrysler (escalating to 35% of Chrysler) to Fiat.

Republican State Treasurer Mourdock had the Indiana State Police Pension Trust, the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund and the Major Movers Construction Fund, which held Chrysler senior secured debt, challenge the sale repeatedly. After paying 43 cents on the dollar for risky loans, the funds issued numerous legal challenges at receiving 29 cents on the dollar, though the alternative through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy would likely have been far less. No other buyers expressed a serious interest in Chrysler.

The group was represented by the law firm of White & Case, and has reportedly paid over $2 million for its legal challenges. (See this legal analysis of the challenge.)

Indiana’s pension funds held a total of $42.5 million of the debt, and appear to have lost around $30 million on the deal.


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Old Chrysler plan earmarks nothing for TARP

Old Chrysler plan earmarks nothing for TARP repay
December 15, 2009
2:40pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury will not recover any portion of the $3.7 billion still outstanding in loans it made to automaker Chrysler under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, according to the terms of a plan filed with bankruptcy court on Tuesday.

The U.S. government has filed proofs of claim for unpaid principal, interest, fees and expenses, but "will receive no recovery on account of such claim," according to court documents filed on behalf of Old Carco LLC, the units of Chrysler that remain under bankruptcy protection while they are liquidated.

The proposal was laid out in a disclosure statement filed with the New York bankruptcy court in Manhattan.

A disclosure statement is a comprehensive document sent to creditors before they vote on a plan of reorganization. The Old Carco plan also proposed repaying Class 1 priority claims in full.

The case is In re Old Carco LLC, US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 09-50002.
 

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Chrysler prohibit texting while driving

Company is first carmaker to prohibit texting while driving

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 at 4:10 PM EST.(Employee News)

Chrysler Group LLC today became the first automaker to establish a corporate policy surrounding company-owned vehicles and communication devices.

The company now prohibits texting while driving in order to promote safer driving behaviors and serve as an industry example. The new policy applies to texting while driving company-owned vehicles and texting with company-provided communication devices while driving personal vehicles.

“The Chrysler Group values the safety and well-being of employees, customers and communities,” Nancy Rae, Executive Vice President – Human Resources, said. “As an automaker, we expect higher driving standards from our work force and business partners as we design products and technology that bring greater levels of safety to our customers and their families.”

The company’s new “texting while driving” policy will take effect immediately.

“A driver’s primary responsibility is to be in control of their vehicle; texting while driving clearly interferes with that responsibility,” Steve Bartoli, Head of Engineering Planning and Regulatory Affairs. “Chrysler Group LLC supports initiatives to ban this activity. Additionally, we stand with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers supporting a ban on hand-held cell phone operation while driving.”

The company earned a leadership role as the first North American automaker to offer the hands-free, voice-activated uconnect® system with Bluetooth technology. The feature, available on most Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles, provides voice-controlled wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible mobile phones and the vehicle’s onboard receiver.

Uconnect can manage onboard phone-book entries, select radio stations, access the navigation system and retrieve voice mail. The hands-free option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility.

The Chrysler Group continues to pioneer the integration of personal electronics in the automobile. Recently, the Chrysler Group announced it will offer text-to-voice/message reader technology in select 2011 model year Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles.
 

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New VP of Manufacturing

Frank Ewasyshyn to be replaced by Scott Gaberding

December 18th, 2009

Chrysler manufacturing chief Frank Ewasyshyn, who started with Chrysler in 1976 as a maintenance foreman in Ontario and became executive vice president in charge of manufacturing at Chrysler Group in 2004, is retiring at the end of the year, and will be replaced by Scott Gaberding.

Ewasyshyn took medical leave earlier this year, and while he has made a full recovery, Scott Gaberding was interim head of manufacturing during his absence. Gaberding has been with Chrysler since 1993, the year the Neon was originally launched and five years before the Daimler takeover; he rose through manufacturing and purchasing, and was named head of purchasing in 2008.

Dan Knott, who was put in charge of purchasing while Gaberding ran manufacturing, will keep that role on a permanent basis. He started with Chrysler in 1988 as an engineer, and was head of engineering for small (A and B) cars before taking over purchasing in September.

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Chrysler Group Appoints Assistant Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer

Chrysler Group Appoints Assistant Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer

Auburn Hills, Mich. , Dec 23, 2009 - Chrysler Group LLC today announced that Robert L. Watson was named Assistant Treasurer Chief Investment Officer. In this position, Watson is responsible for the management and investment strategy of the Chrysler Group Pension funds for both the U.S. and Canada. He reports to Vice President and Treasurer, Walter P. Bodden Jr.

Watson joined Chrysler in 1985. Since then, he has held a series of increasingly responsible positions within the Finance organization. Most recently, he served as Senior Manager – Alternative Investments within the Treasury organization.

Watson has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Denver and a Master of Business degree in finance from Walsh College.
 

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$600,000 for Board Member Marchionne

Chrysler Wins Approval to Pay Marchionne for Work as a Director

December 23, 2009

The U.S. Treasury Department approved $600,000 in stock salary for 2009 for Chrysler Group LLC Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne for his work on the automaker’s board.

The information, disclosed in a letter signed by Kenneth Feinberg, the department’s special master for executive compensation, and e-mailed to reporters, said Marchionne’s salary for his CEO role at Chrysler is paid by Fiat SpA, which owns 20 percent of the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker. He serves as chief executive of both companies.

Chrysler had proposed giving Marchionne $600,000 in restricted stock, one third of which could be sold after each year of service. Feinberg ruled that the stock couldn’t be sold until after three years and all obligations to the Troubled Assets Relief Program have been fulfilled.

Fiat, based in Turin, Italy, can increase its stake in Chrysler to 35 percent by achieving certain performance milestones, such as building a fuel-efficient engine in the U.S. Until then the U.S. has about 9.9 percent, Canada owns 2.5 percent and a United Auto Workers trust for retirees’ medical care holds 67.7 percent, according to court documents.

The Treasury had spent $14.3 billion for Chrysler’s restructuring.

LINK:Chrysler Wins Approval to Pay Marchionne for Work as a Director - BusinessWeek
 

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Chrysler sues 4 states over dealer laws

January 1, 2010 Chrysler sues 4 states over dealer laws | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Chrysler sues 4 states over dealer laws

Legal changes interfere with closings, violate bankruptcy code, Constitution, carmaker says



Chrysler LLC sued the Oregon Attorney General and officials in Maine, North Carolina and Illinois, saying recent changes to those states' dealerlaws violate the bankruptcy code and the U.S. Constitution.

Chrysler says the new laws interfere with the car company's rejection of 789 dealers as part of its sale to Italy's Fiat SpA.

The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan bankruptcy court by reorganized Chrysler as well as its bankrupt estate.

It seeks a court order declaring the laws unconstitutional and in conflict with a bankruptcy judges orders.

"The laws unduly burden New Chrysler with the obligation to provide the rejected dealers with rights that this court determined that the rejected dealers do not have," lawyers for Chrysler wrote.

The four states would have power under the new laws to block new Chrysler from granting a franchise to a new dealer in that state or relocate a dealer into a rejected dealers market, lawyers for Chrysler wrote.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Gonzalez approved Chrysler's plan to reject 789 dealer agreements before most of the Auburn Hills-based company's assets were sold in June to a group led by Fiat, creating the world's sixth-largest automaker.

The suit names eight defendants, including Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, the secretaries of state in Maine and Illinois, and transportation officials in all four states.

Chrysler has also faced at least four lawsuits in state courts related to the rejections, from Boucher Imports Inc. in Wisconsin, Crain CDJ in Arkansas, Spitzer Autoworld Sheffield LLC in Ohio and Sun Country Chrysler Inc. in Utah.
 

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Advertising Agencies of Record

Chrysler Group LLC Announces Advertising Agencies of Record for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram Truck brands

* Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram Truck brands to have individual agencies to re-establish identity and enhance reputation in the automotive marketplace


Auburn Hills, Mich. , Jan 6, 2010 -

Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it has named individual advertising agencies to manage the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram Truck brands. The announcement comes as the contract with BBDO Detroit, the company's current agency, ends this January.

“To establish a distinct identity and build upon the current brand equity, it is important that the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Truck brands retain individual agencies that fit with the brand direction. This includes helping to further identify each of the brand’s specific values and culture. Individual agencies also will enable us to deliver unique ideas and broaden our reach to existing and potential customers,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO, Chrysler Brand and Head of Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. “We have completed a thorough search and have selected these specific agencies to communicate the true essence of our vehicle portfolio.”

The following agencies will lead the advertising development for each of the brands:

* The Chrysler brand has assigned, Fallon, a Publicis Groupe agency, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as its creative agency of record
* The Dodge brand has assigned Wieden + Kennedy, a Portland, Oregon-based agency, as its creative agency of record
* The Jeep brand has assigned GlobalHue, a Southfield, Michigan-based independent agency, as its creative agency of record
* The Ram Truck brand has assigned The Richards Group, a Dallas, Texas-based independent agency, as its creative agency of record

Last month, Chrysler Group also announced that UM will be the company’s new agency of record for media planning and buying, as well as retail advertising trafficking for the Ram Truck, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep brands in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and Meredith Integrated Marketing will manage CRM initiatives for both the U.S. and Canada.

About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces Chrysler, Jeep, Ram Truck, Dodge, Mopar® and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) brand vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler’s culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat’s complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899.
 

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Chrysler Group Communications Names New Head Internal Branding

Auburn Hills, Mich. , Jan 7, 2010 -

Chrysler Group today announced that Beth Ann Bayus is appointed head of Internal Branding reporting to Gualberto Ranieri, Senior Vice President – Communications. In this position Bayus will lead the communications strategy for all internal stakeholders and retirees, working across the organization to continue building internal communications around our brands and key business issues. In addition, she will be responsible for leading communications for World Class Manufacturing communications.

Bayus joined Chrysler in 1986. Since then, she has held positions in Internal and Product Communications.

Bayus holds a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in Communications from Wayne State University.

She succeeds Lori McTavish who has decided to pursue new interests.

"We want to thank Lori for her tireless efforts during the many years with our company, including one of the most difficult periods in Chrysler's history," said Ranieri. "We extend to Beth Ann our best wishes in the next phase of her career."
 
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