Ralph Gilles was born in New York on January 14, 1970 fro two Haitian parents who left Haiti under the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier. Shortly after birth, with his parents he emigrated to Montreal, and stayed there till his adulthood. At the age of only 14, one of his aunts, Giselle Mouscardy noticed his enormous talents of sketching cars, wrote to the CEO of Chrysler at the time, Lee Lacocca, informing him of her nephew talents and sent a few of the sketches along as proof, impressed, Chrysler chief design sent a reply suggesting that the young Gilles attends a design school. Shortly after receiving his Executive MBA from Michigan State University he joined Chrysler. 6 years later, Gilles got promoted as the Senior Vice President of Design for Dodge, less than a year later, he received his second promotion as the CEO of the company. In June of 2011, Gilles stepped down, but remained Senior Vice President of Design for Dodge while taking a second job as the CEO of Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology division.