Rob Wichman was appointed ad interim Head of Product Development, FCA – North America in May 2019. In this position, Wichman has responsibility for all systems and component engineering, vehicle line programs, advance vehicle development, vehicle integration and validation, along with cost engineering.

He is also the executive sponsor of the FCA First Nations Business Resource Group (BRG). FCA supports 11 employee-driven BRGs dedicated to pursuing projects that enhance the FCA work culture, focusing on networking and mentoring, celebrating multicultural differences and engaging external communities through volunteer and charitable activities.

Prior to his current role, Wichman was the Vehicle Line Executive – Truck and Cargo Van for FCA – North America. He has spent more than 28 years at FCA in jobs of increasing responsibility including program management for a variety of vehicles such as the Ram 1500. 

His work experience and academic background include:

2019 – current, ad interim Head of Product Development, FCA - North America 
2015, Vehicle Line Executive – Truck and Cargo Van
2009, Unit Responsible for Engine Systems
2008, Program Management for Ram Trucks   
2005, Interior Systems for Jeep vehicles and Trucks 
2003, Thermal Systems Core Component Team
1990-2003, Cooling/HVAC Systems, Chrysler LLC

Wichman has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University (1990) and an associate's degree in computer aided design from Macomb Community College (1982).

He was born in Detroit, Michigan.