TURIN, Italy -- Sergio Marchionne plans to delegate more responsibility to regional bosses -- except for the time being in North America.
Sources say Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, will name himself interim boss of North America because Chrysler's rebirth is still a work in progress.
But while their boss remains the same, top executives in North America are still on edge wondering who will be promoted.
Will the Fiat/Chrysler purchasing boss be Chrysler's Dan Knott or Fiat's Gianni Coda, for example?
Marchionne's new structure, coming just after Fiat bought out the U.S. and Canadian governments' combined remaining 7.5 percent share to become Chrysler's majority owner, will give Fiat and Chrysler one global management.
The new structure is scheduled to be revealed on Tuesday, July 26. For breaking news on Tuesday, go to autonews.com.
The most significant change is a new global layer of management, called the steering committee. Marchionne will name a total of 25 executives from both sides of the Atlantic. They will run the global operations of both Fiat and Chrysler in their functional areas and have more face time with Marchionne.
Take Dan Knott, Chrysler's well-regarded head of purchasing. Sources, who declined to be identified, say Marchionne could name Knott or Fiat purchasing executive Gianni Coda to run global purchasing on the steering committee.