April 28, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO Chrysler Group LLC, statement regarding the passing of Dan Knott: “The Chrysler Group family is profoundly saddened today. Dan Knott was an inspirational leader, who cared deeply about the company and, most of all, his people. His passion for products shone through, and I will always remember how his child-like smile lit up the room when we talked about vehicles like the Viper or our Jeep brand. 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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. ”

Knott's medical retirement was announced April 13 after 24 years with the Company.  Knott was Senior Vice President, Purchasing and Supplier Quality. Prior to that, Knott played an integral role in the product development of such iconic products as the Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the SRT line up.