SAVANNAH, GA – Chrysler announced on Friday, June 1 at its 2013-MY Fleet Product Preview that it has appointed Jim Sassorossi as the new Director of Fleet Commercial & Rental Sales for the company. Sassorossi replaces Pat Dougherty, who is moving to a new role as the Head of Parts Sales Operations for the Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care organization.
Sassorossi is a 26-year veteran at Chrysler. His most recent role was as Head of Parts Sales Operations for Mopar. He has spent 10 years of his 26 years with the company working in the Mopar division.
“I am honored to be part of the Chrysler fleet team and to have the opportunity work with our great customers to mutually grow our businesses together,” said Sassorossi. “I would also like to thank Pat Dougherty. He is someone I’ve admired for many years, in particular his leadership attributes and skills. I can only hope to build on his legacy.”
Dougherty has spent the last nine years working in fleet sales for Chrysler.
“It’s been a great 9 years of my life working with at Chrysler fleet operations,” Dougherty said. “During this time I’ve had the opportunity to develop some of the best relationships in my career. I know we will continue to grow our fleet business. I truly appreciate, and thank, all of our customers over the years who have assisted us. We couldn’t have a better individual than Jim Sassorossi taking over the fleet sales organization. I would also like to thank Pete Grady and our fleet team for the opportunity to work with them.”
Pete Grady, VP, Network Development & Fleet, also commented on these recent changes.
“Pat has been a huge presence in the fleet industry for the past 9 years,” Grady said. “His departure is a big loss for Chrysler fleet operations but a big gain for Chrysler Corporation. Jim Sassorossi will be an excellent addition to our organization as he has the same customer focus and responsiveness as Pat.”
Sassorossi assumed his new role on June 1, and Dougherty will assume his new role on July 1, 2012, according to Chrysler.
By Greg Basich and Mike Antich
Story updated w/photo credit 6/15/2012, 12:15 pm.