Philip M. Jansen

Head of Product Development, FCA - North America

Philip M. Jansen was appointed Head of Product Development, FCA – North America in September 2016. In this position, Jansen has responsibility for all systems and component engineering, vehicle line programs, advance vehicle development, vehicle integration and validation, along with cost engineering.

Previously he oversaw Systems and Component Engineering for the FCA US vehicle lineup.

Since first joining the Company in 1985 as a production analyst, Jansen has held various roles – with many leadership positions, including Head of Vehicle Engineering and Chief Engineer – Jeep® Grand Cherokee, the most awarded SUV ever.

He has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in product development which include:
  • 2016 - current, Head of Product Development, FCA – North America
  • 2015, Vice President – Systems and Component Engineering, FCA US LLC
  • 2014, Vice President – Vehicle Engineering
  • 2013, Vehicle Line Executive – A/B Segment, Minivan & Current C/D vehicles
  • 2010, Director – Large Vehicle Architecture
  • 2006, Chief Engineer – Jeep Grand Cherokee and future mid-size SUV Programs, Chrysler LLC, DaimlerChrysler
  • 2005, Director – Front Wheel Drive Vehicle Development
  • 2002, Director – Corporate Material Cost Management
  • 1999, Director – Jeep Body & Exterior Engineering
  • 1998, Senior Manager – Jeep Body-in-White Engineering
  • 1995, Manager – Jeep Door Systems Engineering, Chrysler Corporation
  • 1994, Supervisor – Jeep Underbody Systems Engineering
  • 1992, Supervisor – Small Car Advance Manufacturing
  • 1989, Vehicle Planner – Small Car Program Management
  • 1988, Strategic Planner – Long Range Product Strategy
  • 1985, Production Program Analyst – Corporate Production Control

Jansen holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Michigan (1985) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University (1983). He also participated in “Leadership at the Peak” executive program at the Center for Creative Leadership (2008).

Jansen is a patent owner of a dual-action rear gate for the first-generation Jeep Liberty (2002). He was born in Jackson, Mich.


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