"We have now reached the right moment to step on the accelerator of the Fiat-Chrysler integration," Sergio Marchionne said this week in a statement regarding his appointment of a single management team for both companies. According to Automotive News, four regional chiefs – North America, South America, Europe and Asia – will be in charge of Fiat and Chrysler effective September 1.

Marchionne will retain his position as Chief Operating Officer for North America. Gianni Coda, Fiat's head of purchasing, will now run the operations in Europe, while Cledorvino Belini – formerly the head of Fiat Brazil – will take charge of South America. Michael Manley, head of Jeep, will oversee up Asia.

The newly formed Group Executive Council (GEC) is the highest decision-making executive body within the company, outside of its Board of Directors. In addition to the four regional COOs, each individual brand will have its own head, consisting of Olivier Francois (Fiat), Lorenzo Sistino (commercial vehicles), Harald Wester (Alfa Romeo/Abarth/Maserati), Saad Chehab (Lancia/Chrysler), Michael Manley (Jeep) and Reid Bigland (Dodge).


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      jeepmover
      • 3 Years Ago
      Detroit News has two great articles on Sergio today. He is a leader. Another good thing is that he doesn't have to answer to stockholders right now. He will get this company straight and THEN offer us a chance to invest in our/the company. Can't wait!
      MF
      • 3 Years Ago
      the chrysler website still has laura soave as head of fiat.. where is she going? i like her:)
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MF
        Google Image Search.... "laura soave" Hmmm, MF, I can see why you like her!
        ExoPlanet
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MF
        Still running Fiat North America I assume. The big change here is Francois being switched from Chrysler/Lancia to Fiat (Global)
      ACSRHS
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what that DCX "merger of equals" should've been... But now, luckily, that won't happen again because both companies benefit from each other's good points in building a car... They'll do great, just give them time.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am impressed by Marchionne's willingness to merge these 2 companies together. Hey, Mercedes, THIS is how you handle an acquisition. Obviously we won't know just how successful this combined company will be in the long run, but seems that everything he has done so far is a smart move.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        With sales up and the critics taking to the revised Chrysler products, I say Marchionne is doing a damn good job!
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marchionne will be managing the whole FIAT empire from his humble office in Chrysler's Auburn Hills engineering department. As a long time MOPAR fan, this new management team has been everything and more that could have been hoped for. The bailout was worth it just to show Americans how to manage. Art Nardelli of General Electric fame was a terrible manager. Bob Eaton was crook ahead of his time. Marchionne is now officially the Steve Jobs of the car business.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Lee Iaccoca was the Steve Jobs of the car business - a salesman who knew how to manipulate public image. Marchionne's main skills are in management and the way he uses resources - there are some very clever moves to integrate the two companies going on. He's really not trying to be the face of a company like Iaccoca and Jobs love to do, a lot of his smartest moves have been behind the scenes stuff that buyers don't really think about but make the company work better overall.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Yeah, it's kind of pathetic that we needed an American institution to be run by a foreigner to see real management. Marchionne is a breathe of fresh air compared to most of Corporate America's CEOs. While there are a few examples of good top executives (like Mulally), the vast majority of these guys running American companies (and not just in the car biz) today are incompetent crooks. All they care about are short term profits and whatever multi-million dollar bonuses they can get - if they tank the company and force thousands out of work in the process, so be it. Pathetic.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Unfortunately, Corporate America and Wall Street have created this mess with their obsession with quarterly profit statements. CEOs are compensated based on their quarterly performance, not how successful the company is 10-20 years down the road. It makes Wall Street investors happy when they make a buck off the stock price, but they don't care about a companies long-term viability, just how successful it is during the time they hold onto the stock.
          UN4GTBL
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Marchionne was either born or raised in Canada IIRC...so not that "foreign"
          Dan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          I've been saying what axiomatik said, for years. Obsession with quarterly earnings is driving short-term perspective, and I don't think there's much a CEO can do about it: it's all investor-driven. Barring a complete change in investor mentality, either do away with quarterly reporting, or accept that privately-held companies will excel at long-term planning, thus have a greater propensity to survive.
      Robb63
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have several friends working in different technical depts within Auburn Hills who were there under both regimes. They said from day one the Fiat team worked with them and has respected and used their input. Whereas the Mercedes folks talked down to them and refused flat out to use any of their input on projects. I think this is going to be very successful for both parties. PS: Please REALLY bring Alfa Romeo here ASAP
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robb63
        This is why some of the best companies to work for are the ones that value their employees and their input, apparently not so for Daimler.
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robb63
        That's probably because the main goal Daimler had in acquiring Chrysler was to steal their large cash reserve (about $12 billion actually) they had at the time.... and used it to update their own products.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robb63
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          reuben
          • 3 Years Ago
          Please don't turn this into a racist thing. You find Arrogant A holes in all countries and colors
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Basicially Marchionne's Chrysler is taking over Italy's FIAT! ROFL! The world's most exciting car company is now being run from Auburn Hills! Let Chryslerhater heads start exploding!
        MAX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        At age 14, Marchionne and his family emigrated to Toronto, Canada, where they had relatives.[6] Consequently, he has dual Canadian and Italian citizenship, and speaks both English and Italian fluently. He is a barrister, solicitor and a member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.[7] His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Toronto. He went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor in 1980 and his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 1983.[8]
        ExoPlanet
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Keep in mind Marchionne's Mother and Son live in Toronto and he regularly tours up there from Auburn Hills. Otherwise there was no doubt it was going to be run from Chrysler HQ.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
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      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marchionne is down to earth. He may be a shrewd businessman, but he also possesses a sense of balance and integrity not found in most people in his position. I would call him a blend of Warren Buffet and Steve Jobs.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      FIAT is becoming a de facto American company. This is what the Germans were scaredof. That Wolfgang Bernhard would take over Mercedes from the US like Constantinople took over the Roman empire.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB, time to get a new file photo for Marchionne?
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fiat can build a better Chrysler but they can't build a better Alfa Romeo.
        billfrombuckhead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Timing is everything, Marchionne will build a bunch of great Alfa Romeos for Italy, North America and the world when they have all their ducks in a row. If they have a failed or even haphazard introduction of products they could lose billions and maybe never have another chance. When they do come into the American market they will have an strong array of products and dealers. Alfa will get at least the Italian made mid engine carbon fiber sportscar, the Miraflori built small crossover, the Italian built MiTo and Guilietta, the American built midsize crossover and the volume selling American built Guilia.
      • 2 Years Ago
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