K.T. Keller

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K.T.  Keller
  • Joined Chrysler Corporation as Vice President in 1926; became President in 1935 and Chairman in 1950
  • Served as a government consultant from World War II through the space age

K.T. Keller entered the automotive field at the ground level, but his intelligence, hard work and mechanical skills enabled him to advance all the way to the top.

Beginning his career as a clerical worker, Keller soon decided that a more hands-on career was for him. A two-year apprenticeship led Keller to employment as assistant to the superintendent of the automobile engine department of the Westinghouse Machine Company. He later was associated with the Metzger Motor Car Company and the Hudson Motor Company. In 1911, Keller joined the central office staff of General Motors. He left GM briefly, returning to Buick as general master mechanic. It was there that he met Walter Chrysler, who was then President of Buick.

When Chrysler left Buick to form his own company, he remarked ?€œI wish we had Keller with us and not against us.?€? Eventually Keller joined Chrysler's team as Vice President of Manufacturing. One of his first jobs was to integrate the newly acquired Dodge company with Chrysler. His success with Dodge was instrumental in Keller's advancement to the Chrysler presidency in 1935.

Under Keller's leadership, Chrysler's annual production reached the one-million mark.

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