Automotive News Canada Managing Editor Grace Macaluso covered Marchionne as a reporter at the Windsor Star in Ontario.
Sergio Marchionne, as usual, drew a packed house at the University of Windsor, where the legendary CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles imparted career advice to some awestruck business students.
It was Nov. 17, 2016, and Marchionne was back home at his alma mater where he earned a master's degree in business administration, but more importantly, had experiences that would shape the formative years of young adulthood.
"If there's a high point in my life, it's the time I spent here, and I'm not trying to blow smoke up your nose," said Marchionne, clad in his trademark black sweater. "I had a phenomenal experience at the school; I learned more about finance here than in the last 30 years."
This speech was eight years after the recession that plunged the Ontario city into double-digit unemployment. A resurgent auto industry was firing up the Windsor economy, with factories, including FCA's minivan plant, running full-tilt.