AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand Fred M. Diaz, Jr. receives "Corporate Elite" honor
- List includes the 25 most influential, engaged and dynamic Hispanic business leaders in America
- Selectees must have made "a significant professional accomplishment in their field and demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Hispanic community"
The editors of HispanicBusiness Media have selected Fred M. Diaz, Jr., President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Head of National Sales, Chrysler Group LLC to their 2011 Corporate Elite list. The annual Corporate Elite list -- published in the January/February issue of HispanicBusiness magazine -- includes the 25 most influential, engaged and dynamic Hispanic business leaders in America.
Corporate Elite selectees must be U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin, have made "a significant professional accomplishment in their field and demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Hispanic community."
Candidates are nominated by readers and others in the community. The Corporate Elite list is featured in the January/February issue of HispanicBusiness magazine.
"This is a humbling moment for me," Diaz said. "It is an honor to receive this recognition from such a respected media organization and authority on the Hispanic market and to represent Chrysler's dedication and commitment to diversity and leadership."
"Our annual cover story tracking the rise of leading U.S. Hispanic c-level executives is a key barometer of the diversity human capital markets in the U.S. and depicts an outstanding group of achievers, " said Jesus Chavarria, Editor & Publisher, HispanicBusiness magazine.
In 2010, Diaz was a recipient of the HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM Chairman's Award, in recognition of his commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education among youth in the Hispanic community. Diaz is also a member of Chrysler's Global Diversity Council, an executive level committee within the Company dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the enterprise.
About Chrysler's Leadership Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Chrysler historically has been a leader in promoting diversity throughout its enterprise. The Company was named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine 12 times, and has been recognized five times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country's leading corporations supporting diversity and inclusion. In 2009 and 2010, Chrysler was named to HispanicBusiness magazine's prestigious Diversity Elite 60, for implementing strategies to reach more Hispanic customers and to pursue more business with minority- and Hispanic-owned suppliers.
Early in 2010, CEO Sergio Marchionne assumed the role as executive sponsor of Chrysler's Global Diversity Council and reaffirmed the commitment of Chrysler's leadership team to the values and principles of diversity.
"Culture is the fabric that holds organizations together. It is not just an ingredient for success; it is the essence of success itself," Marchionne wrote. "This is why my leadership team and I are committed to creating an atmosphere where all of our people feel respected and valued, because every person plays an important role in shaping our future, including employees, our supply base, our marketing and our dealer network. Chrysler Group LLC and its people have a future with promise. We will reach the full measure of that promise only as one, united diverse team."
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, Mopar® 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, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram Truck. 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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