The Diverse High Performance Dodge Charger Team


 
By now, you probably know that we’re very proud of our all-new 2011 Dodge Charger. The car manages to blend the spirit of Mopar into a functional package that’s as efficient as it is fun-to-drive. With its muscular bodywork that pays homage to the Chargers of old and our completely re-styled interior, by our account the Charger is a winner on every front. But did you know that the team that brought the 2011 Charger to life is made up of some of the most talented women in the auto industry?
 

While our all-star squad is led by Chris Barman, it features a host of women in key roles essential to putting the Charger on the road. Those include positions like product development, manufacturing, quality and purchasing as well as finance and public relations. Barman took the time to speak about his team at Inforums annual Auto Show Breakfast.
 
“The Dodge Charger team is a diverse and high performance group,” Barman said. “It is important to recognize this team includes a higher than normal percentage of women in key leadership positions. This diversity is a source of energy, innovation and unconventional perspectives that enable the Dodge Charger to be a very special product.”
 
We couldn’t agree more.
 
Of course, Chrysler has always prided itself on being a company that prizes diversity on every level of its operations. In fact, we’ve racked up a laundry list of awards for our efforts in inclusion. We’ve been named one of the 100 best companies for working mothers by Working Mother magazine 12 times now, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has recognized us as one of our country’s leading corporations supporting diversity and inclusion five times. In fact, Hispanic Business magazine placed Chrysler on its prestigious Diversity Elite 60 list in both 2009 and 2010.
 
But for us, Diversity isn’t about taking home awards. It’s about how reaching out and including a variety of world viewpoints, makes our vehicles the very best products on the market right now. It’s a way of thinking that permeates every level of our infrastructure. Just ask CEO Sergio Marchionne.
 
“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.”
 
The team that stands behind the 2011 Dodge Charger is living proof of Marchionne’s words. We couldn’t have produced a vehicle as capable, stylish, affordable and well-built as the one on sale right now without the help of many diverse hands. If you want to learn more about our Charger team or Chrysler’s commitment to diversity, you can check out the Chrysler press release on the Inforum annual Auto Show Breakfast here.


  • chuckz

    It is freezing outside. The roads are iced over, all the schools are closed, and I get to work from home. I’ve got two laptops going and ran across this article. It must be a slow news day.

    I’m old enough to remember the push to move women and minorities into upper management. Back then it was all about numbers. I hope that we are getting the right people for the right job, instead of chasing numbers. Everyone has a passion and a gift. I would rather have a woman boss who is good at her job rather than a man who sucks. I’m an old school race enthusiast and can remember Don Garlits getting beat a few times by Shirley Muldowney. However I don’t see many women who want to get 170 degree motor oil running across their nails. I don’t mind the fingers, it’s the elbows that hurt.

    As a side note, please hurry up and get the 8 speed automatic under the Challenger 392.

  • http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3089456 Paladin06

    I’m sure your team did the very best it could but, it’s a Dodge yes but, a Charger….NO!

  • SUBLIME

    Just copy a 1969 Dodge Charger. It is not that difficult. Reverse engineering? Change it a little to meet bumper and safety laws and be done with it. Not that difficult. Heaven forbid if we sell too many cars…we wouldn’t know what to do. The new cars look heavy, fat and like they are made out of a big chunk of plastic. The old cars looked nimble, sleek and quick. There isn’t a single car made by any manufacturer that really looks good. The Challenger is the best thing available. As far as four doors go, the new Charger is the best thing available today that looks sporty. I hope the next iteration is a lot more retro.

  • SoCal Challengers

    Mother Mopar must be proud. WTG Ladies!

  • 440

    Nice looking Dodge Charger…

    For those who dont like a 4 door Charger,I agree if they could build an exact copy of a 68 or 69 Charger,same dimensions,same interior,same 440 engine and same 426 Hemi and 727 automatic,and hemi 4 speed..sure,but with todays regulations they cant do it,and they will build a new 2 door Charger and people will complain it doesnt look like the original,as they say with the new Challenger its slap sidded,to big ect (personally I love the new Challenger&Charger)

    So in closing,unless they could build an exact clone,meaning park a 1968 Charger R/T beside a new 2012 Charger R/T and you couldnt tell,hear,feel a difference,then dont bother,the current Charger will do just fine ! I evcen want the old gear reduction starter that gives Mopars a unique sound when starting…I hate it when my old 440 starts too fast and doesnt go through the whole dramatic sound of the starter…It usually starts faster than any ne wcar,unless its cold then it will crank for 4 seconds..

  • 440

    @chuckz,
    My dad worked for a government department in the 70′s and early 90′s and he couldnt hire my sisters because they were told to hire minorities at the time,then in the mid 1980′s and early 90′s I couldnt get in because they only hired women and minority males.This is true,not racist or anything just the truth !! He then started his own business,hired my sisters and myself and we hire minorities and women who have the right credentials…though I am a sucker for 22-30ish good looking single women that come in…That is why my married with children sisters are in charge of hiring :(

    I want a 8 speed SRT-8 Challenger with 5.13 gears,solid 11 second or better car that can cruise 110 mph on the highway at 2500 rpm !! Plus a Mopar gear reduction starter !! Heck throw in a 440 too !!

  • cd

    no wonder its a freakin 4 door, dump the back two doors loose 500 plus pounds

  • HEMIhead

    Here’s an Idea, when the 2011 redesign was done, you should have dropped the “charger” name, and called it “Intrepid” the car that it replaced. That’s what it should have been called from the start. It looks no more like a retro charger than the original intrepid did.