Trouble at Chrysler II: No Originality

Chrysler dealers are still saying that everyone is mum about whether top sales exec Gary Dilts left the company in frustration or was forced out. But they say it’s clear that his frequent disagreements with executive vice president of global sales, marketing and service Joe Eberhardt is the root cause for his departure. For his part, Dilts may end up with a top job at mega auto retailers AutoNation Inc. or Roger Penske’s United Auto Group, probably the latter if he decides becoming a dealer executive is his next move. So it looks like Eberhardt got one recalcitrant out of the way and can now execute Chrysler’s sales and marketing strategy without discord from a direct report.

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