Man Behind 1,025-HP Dodge Demon 170 Becomes Ram CEO

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And Mike Koval will move from Ram to Mopar.

Stellantis has named Timothy Kuniskis as Ram's new CEO. The conglomerate is not removing him from his current job as the CEO of Dodge, however. Kuniskis will serve as the CEO for both brands, while Mike Koval, the current CEO of Ram, will be appointed as the Head of Mopar North America, reporting to North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart. These changes come into effect on 1 July 2023.

"These changes demonstrate that the diversity of talent and experience inside Stellantis' Top Executive Team makes it possible to adapt our leadership team to address the challenging business environment while continuing the success story that this team has built over the past two and a half years with the focused execution of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan," said Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares.

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Kuniskis and Koval are well-known automotive big hitters.

Koval started his career in the automotive industry in 2002 as a senior staff agent in Daimler Chrysler's global customer relations department. His history with Ram dates back to 2016 when he joined as the head of Ram brand operations in North America. He was named CEO in 2021.

Koval played an integral role in developing the Ram 1500 REV, using the power of customer input to ensure the brand's late arrival to the electric pickup truck segment is worth the wait. Judging by Ram's claimed range and towing figures, Ram is right on target to beat the Ford F-150.

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"Timothy Kuniskis' rich understanding of the North American market will contribute to Ram's continued growth plan with a special focus on global expansion," Stellantis stated in a press release.

Kuniskis' history with the brand stretches even further back, having joined FCA North America as the head of Fiat in 2011. Since then, he has been named the head of various brands, including Dodge in 2013, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep. Kuniskis is behind some of the most impressive revamps in history, including dragging Dodge from being nothing more than a muscle car maker into the modern era with products like the Hornet and the production version of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept. Most gearheads will remember him for being responsible for the absolutely bonkers Dodge Demon 170.

Stellantis' press release suggests Kuniskis will help Ram expand its footprint globally, which will be much easier now that Ram finally has a smaller pickup more suited to European tastes.


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