CHICAGO Chrysler Group LLCs former senior vice president of purchasing and supplier quality, Daniel C. Knott, who retired just two weeks ago for medical reasons, died from cancer on Sunday. He was 51.
"The Chrysler Group family is profoundly saddened," Chrysler chairman and chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. "Dan was an inspirational leader who cared deeply about the company and, most of all, his people. He made a huge contribution to Chrysler by improving our relations with suppliers with an approach based on honesty, transparency and accountability. Dan will be missed on a professional basis, and even more on a personal level."
Knott retired after 24 years with Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler. Before he headed purchasing, Knott was involved in the development of such products as the Dodge Viper, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the SRT (Street and Racing Technology) line of cars.
He leaves a widow and two children. A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday at Clarkston United Methodist Church in Clarkston, Mich.