Chrysler Group Sustains Support of Diversity, Talent Development and Leadership Through its Annual Sponsorship of the National Student Case Competition

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Unique annual event enables talented, high-potential MBA candidates from the nation's leading business schools to compete for $50,000 in scholarships
  • Company has been the exclusive sponsor of the competition since 1995, conducted annually at the National Black MBA Association's Annual Conference and Exposition
  • The team from the University of Southern California wins the 2012 competition, teams from Clark Atlanta University and Howard University finish second and third respectively

Talented MBA candidates from 23 of the nation's leading business schools competed for $50,000 in scholarships in the 2012 National Student Case Competition, sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC.

The National Student Case Competition is a unique, annual event designed to give high-powered student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a formal competition. Teams are given a hypothetical business case from which they develop business solutions. Each student team then prepares and presents its case before a panel of experienced business executives. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations and the quality of their presentations.

The competition is held each year as part of the National Black MBA Association's Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held this year in Indianapolis on September 27 and 28. Chrysler Group has been the exclusive sponsor of the National Student Case Competition since 1995. Over that time, more than 1,600 MBA students have participated in the competition.

"Chrysler Group is proud to continue our long-standing sponsorship of the National Student Case Competition," said Nancy A. Rae, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Chrysler Group LLC and Co-Chair of the Company's Global Diversity Council. "The competition is a premier showcase event for student achievement allowing Chrysler Group to demonstrate its continuing commitment to developing diverse talent and future business leaders."

This year, the students from the the University of Southern California (USC) took home the first place trophy as national champions and $25,000 in scholarships. The winning team members were Christina Marshall, Stella Ashaolu, Desmond Stubblefield and Sharifa Haye, all current MBA students at USC's Marshall School of Business. The second and third place teams represented Clark Atlanta University and Howard University, earning $15,000 and $10,000 in scholarships respectively. Winning teams were announced on September 28.

About Chrysler Group's Leadership Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Chrysler Group has been named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine 13 times, and has been recognized six times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country's leading corporations supporting diversity and inclusion. Chrysler Group also has been named to HispanicBusiness magazine's annual Diversity Elite 60 list for implementing strategies to reach more Hispanic customers and to pursue more business with minority- and Hispanic-owned suppliers.

In 2012, the editors of LatinaStyle magazine selected Chrysler Group for inclusion on magazine's 2012 list of the 50 best companies for Hispanic women to work in the U.S., which is considered the most important recognition of efforts by corporate America to promote diversity and provide career advancement opportunities for Hispanic women.

In 2011 and 2012, the editors of DiversityInc magazine named Chrysler Group to the magazine's list of "Top 50 Companies for Diversity." This coveted annual benchmark is comprised of companies the magazine's editors believe are diversity-management leaders.

Over the years, a long line of Chrysler Group employees have received important professional recognition from various diversity organizations, including Black Engineer of the Year, Women of Color, HENAAC Great Minds in STEM and others, reflecting the Company's strong commitment to developing its diverse workforce.

About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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