DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has named former Magna Steyr and General Motors executive Carl Smiley its chief purchasing and supply chain officer.
IMG01Smiley, 48, will report to CEO Mike Manley, who has been reorganizing his senior management team since taking over from longtime CEO Sergio Marchionne last summer shortly before Marchionne's death. Smiley also was named to FCA's Group Executive Council, the automaker's the highest decision-making body outside the board of directors.
In the executive council structure announced in September, Scott Thiele was listed as FCA's chief purchasing officer. FCA's press release last week noted that Thiele's responsibilities "will be expanded as he assumes the role of Head of Supply Chain North America in addition to his current position as Head of Purchasing North America."
Smiley's past roles include president and board member at manufacturer Magna Steyr Asia. He also was senior vice president and general manager for connectivity and sensor products maker TE Connectivity.
FCA said Smiley held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, supplier quality and purchasing at GM in the U.S., Mexico and China.
Manley said in a statement that Thiele was "pivotal in bringing global consistency to our purchasing operations over the past few years. Now, he will focus his efforts on driving innovation and intensifying collaboration with our suppliers in the North American region."