Dan Knott, a retired Chrysler Group purchasing chief, has passed away at the age of 51. It was only two weeks ago on April 13 that he took medical retirement to battle cancer. Knott is mostly known for having restored Chrysler’s reputation with suppliers. Chrysler spokesman Gualberto Ranieri said that Knott peacefully died in his sleep with his family around him.
Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne released a statement to express how deeply saddened the Chrysler family is for losing such an “inspirational leader, who cared deeply about the company and, most of all, his people." Marchionne said that what he would remember about Knott is “his passion” for the products as well as his smile when discussing vehicles such as the Viper or its Jeep brand.
Marchionne also talked about how Knott improved Chrysler’s relationships with its suppliers by using an approach founded on “honesty, transparency and accountability.” It was in December 2009 that Knott became Chrysler's senior vice president for purchasing and supplier quality. In early April, Scott Kunselman stepped in to fill the position that Knott left. Most recently, Kunselman was the head of engineering at Chrysler.