2019 ALL STAR | TALENT ACQUISITION
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Mike Manley was thrust into the CEO role just days before Sergio Marchionne died in July 2018. An early hallmark has been his ability to lure executives from inside and outside the auto industry.
One of his first hires, Mark Stewart, came aboard in December 2018. Stewart was named FCA North America’s COO after serving as Amazon’s vice president of operations. He previously was COO of automotive supplier ZF TRW.
Another “outsider” with an auto background is global communications chief Niel Golightly. He also joined FCA last December, after a dozen years at Shell Oil Co. He also worked at Ford Motor Co. for nearly 13 years.
In May, Manley recruited former Infiniti chief Christian Meunier to lead Jeep’s global operations. He arrives as the SUV brand looks to expand beyond the U.S. Meunier brings a global view of the industry from stints at Ford, Land Rover and Infiniti’s parent, Nissan Motor Co.
In July, Davide Grasso, a former Nike exec, was named COO of Maserati.
“With Davide’s arrival, we continue to round out FCA’s senior leadership team with world-class talent,” Manley, 55, said in a statement.
Manley’s own job could soon undergo a transformation, now that FCA is on the verge of merging with France’s PSA Group. His post-merger role has not been spelled out.