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Trevor Creed to retire from Chrysler

Wed, 20 Aug 2008

Trevor M. Creed has announced he will retire from his role as Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler after 23 years with the company. The Chrysler Design Office will now report to Frank O. Klegon, Executive Vice President of Product Development.

"Trevor has led a distinguished automotive design career," said Chrysler LLC Chairman and CEO Robert L. Nardelli. "He played a key leadership role in the design of award-winning vehicles such as the new Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300C, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Viper, Dodge Ram and the Plymouth Prowler. We thank him for his contribution to the company and wish him well in his retirement."

Creed, 62, was born in Wolverhampton, England, and worked at Ford for nearly 20 years before joining Chrysler in 1985 as Director of Interior Design and Color & Trim. In 1998, he became Director of Advanced Design for Exterior Jeep/Trucks Interior Design and Color & Trim and was promoted to Vice President of Chrysler Large Car, Small Car and Minivan Design in 1999. A year later Creed was appointed Senior Vice President of Design for Chrysler LLC.

Having graduated with a BFA in Product Design Engineering from the University of West Midlands in Birmingham, England, Creed began his career at Ford of Britain in 1966. He became Design Executive for the Truck Exterior Studio at Ford of Britain in 1973 and went to work at Ford of Europe as Exterior Design Executive in Germany three years later. In 1979 he returned to England as Chief Designer for Interior Design at Ford of Europe and worked there for three years before moving to Ford Motor Corporation's North American Automotive Operations as Design Director of Interior Design Color & Trim.

In 1995, Trevor Creed was presented with the Automotive Interiors Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award and was an Automotive Industries Magazine Executive of the Year recipient in 2005. Creed currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Walter P. Chrysler Museum.

By Eric Gallina