DETROIT — Mike Manley joined Chrysler a couple of years after a merger, and now he's leaving after another one.
The longtime executive is departing the company now called Stellantis with a consequential legacy built on Jeep's global surge and the tie-up with PSA Group that will lead to a largely electrified lineup.
Manley took the helm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles just before CEO Sergio Marchionne died in July 2018 and steadily reshaped the upper ranks of the automaker, turning to industry outsiders from Amazon and Nike. He also poached rival executives such as Christian Meunier, who came from Infiniti and now heads Jeep's global operations.
Manley had an eye on securing the long-term future of the company, with much of his stint as CEO dedicated to exploring combinations with Renault — FCA pulled back on a 2019 merger proposal a little over a week later — and PSA. The openness to a merger was right out of the playbook of Marchionne, who famously argued about the need for industry consolidation.