Detroit native Edwin Brust has been appointed as president and chief executive of Chrysler Canada Ltd., board chairman James Holden announced Thursday.

Brust, 55, joined Chrysler Corp. in 1984 and last served as general manager for Chrysler's Latin America, Middle East and Africa operations. Prior to that post he served in the same position in the company's Jeep and Eagle division for three years.

He is the third chief executive of Windsor-based Chrysler Canada in less than a year.

Last November, former president William Glaub died on his honeymoon in the Virgin Islands. Glaub had replaced Yves Landry, a Quebec-born son of an asbestos miner. Landry died of a heart attack last March while on vacation in Florida.

Brust holds masters degrees in engineering and finance from Wayne State University.