DETROIT -- Chrysler Group has tapped its head of purchasing to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry’s safety record grows.
In the new role, Scott Kunselman, who succeeded the late Dan Knott as purchasing boss in 2012, will report directly to CEO Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler said Tuesday. Tom Finelli, 44, Chrysler’s current director for global standardization, will assume responsibility for North American purchasing and supplier quality, effective immediately, Chrysler said in a statement.
Chrysler joins General Motors in creating a high-profile position devoted to safety issues. In March, GM named Jeff Boyer as vice president of global vehicle safety as its U.S. recall crisis escalated.