Chrysler Group Engineer Receives Prestigious Black Engineer of the Year
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 12, 2013
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
oChrysler Group Director of Interior Engineering honored during 27th annual
oAward recognizes leaders "whose lifetime performance marks a career that
affects the careers of many others"
oChrysler Group continues its nearly two-decades-long support of the BEYA
Global Competitiveness Conference
oSeven other Chrysler Group engineers received "Modern Day Technology
Leader" awards at the conference
U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine awarded its 2012 Black
Engineer of the Year Visionary Award (BEYA) to Larry Williams, Director,
Interior Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. Williams and other 2012 BEYA
recipients were honored at the 27th BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference and Awards Gala on
February 7-9 in Washington D.C.
The BEYA Conference honors outstanding leaders in the STEM fields and provides
excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and
recruiting. Chrysler Group has been the exclusive sponsor of the BEYA Gala for
nearly two decades. Williams is the latest in a long list of BEYA-winning
engineers at Chrysler Group.
"Larry is an accomplished engineer and exceptional leader who approaches both
life and work with passion using his breadth of experience to create
exceptional products whilebeing committed to the development of young,
talented engineers in our Company," said Mark M. Chernoby, Senior Vice
President, Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. "Larry's vision, drive and
technical expertise has made him a valuable member of the Chrysler Engineering
Team and a respected leader across the Company."
Williams was appointed Director of Interior Engineering at Chrysler Group in
2011. In this position, he is responsible for leading and managing all design,
development and release of all interior systems and components for Chrysler
Group vehicles. He joined Chrysler Corporation as a product development
engineer in 1985.
"I owe much of who I am to the strong African-American leaders who met
adversity and paved the way for my success," Williams said. "Inspired by these
outstanding people and role models, I know that it is both my responsibility
and privilege to lead and inspire the next generation. I am very appreciative
of this recognition of my career accomplishments."
The magazine also honored Modern Day Technology Leaders (MDTL) at the
conference, "bright, high performance, women and men shaping the future of
engineering, science, and technology who demonstrate superior technical skills
and leadership capability, generally at professional through senior manager
The following Chrysler Group engineers received this prestigious MDTL
oMr. Anthony Abner, Business Planner
oMr. Uchenna Amene, Quality Engineering Manager
oMr. Mario Holmes, Chassis Project Responsible
oMs. Trudy Robertson, Program Manager
oMs. Nakia Simon, Senior Regulatory Engineer
oMs. Kejuanna Thomas, Business Systems Lead
oMs.Tracy Wilson, Program Manager
About Chrysler Group's leadership commitment to diversity and inclusion
In 2012, the Detroit Free Press named Chrysler Group as one of the best places
to work in the state of Michigan. Chrysler Group has been named one of the
"100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine 13 times,
and has been recognized six times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as
one of the country's leading corporations supporting diversity and inclusion.
In 2012, the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named Chrysler Group
Corporation of the Year for its achievements in bringing more minority-owned
businesses into its supply chain.
Also in 2012, the editors of LatinaStyle magazine selected Chrysler Group for
inclusion on magazine's 2012 list of the 50 best companies for Hispanic women
to work in the U.S., which is considered the most important recognition of
efforts by corporate America to promote diversity and provide career
advancement opportunities for Hispanic women.
In 2011 and 2012, the editors of DiversityInc magazine named Chrysler Group to
the magazine's list of "Top 50 Companies for Diversity." This coveted annual
benchmark is comprised of companies the magazine's editors believe are
Over the years, a long line of Chrysler Group employees have received
important professional recognition from various diversity organizations,
including Black Engineer of the Year, Women of Color, HENAAC Great Minds in
STEM and others, reflecting the Company's strong commitment to attracting and
developing a diverse, talented workforce.
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance
with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat
vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide
distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance
builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter
P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to
its founding in 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features
some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and
Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand
Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms
and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to
offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
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