AUBURN HILLS, MI—Veteran automotive public relations specialist Jason Vines, one of the most respected communicators in the industry, has resigned as vice president of communications at Chrysler as the company is realigning its corporate communications department, which will now report to Nancy Rae, senior vice president of human resources.
“Now that Chrysler is an independent company again, we are taking every opportunity to realign functions in a more holistic manner that allows us to more effectively drive company strategy,” says Bob Nardelli, chairman and CEO.
David Barnas, who has been in the corporate communications department for six years, will be responsible for internal and corporate communications, which includes dealing with the news media, and will report to Rae. Vines has agreed to remain at Chrysler through the end of December to assist in the transition.
Vines began his career at Chrysler Corporation in 1983, serving first as an economics researcher in the labor relations department and later through various assignments in employee communications and public relations. He left Chrysler in 1998 and became vice president of communications for Nissan North America. In February 2000, he was appointed vice president of communications for Ford Motor Company, before returining to Chrysler in 2003.
Mike Aberlich, who has served the company as director, corporate and internal communications, also announced last week that he has decided to retire at the end of this year.