Big Three Executives: FCA 2017

Last year, FCA lost $421 million in the third- quarter (mostly to cover the cost of future recalls and vehicles lost in a plant explosion in China). This year, the automaker got back on track, posting a profit of $659 million in the third-quarter.

Sergio Marchionne*

Automobiles N.V.; Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A.; Chairman, CNH Industrial N.V.

Marchionne became a member of the Fiat S.p.A. board of directors in May 2003 and CEO in June 2004. In June 2009, Marchionne was appointed CEO of Chrysler Group LLC (renamed FCA-US LLC in December 2014) and, in September 2011, also assumed the role of chairman. He became CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. in October 2014.
He began his professional career in Canada. From 1983 to 1985, he worked for Deloitte & Touche and from 1985 to 1988, he was with the Lawson Mardon Group of Toronto. From 1989 to 1990, he served as executive vice president of Glenex Industries and from 1990 to 1992 he was CFO at Acklands Ltd. From 1992 to 1994 he was vice president of legal and corporate development, and CFO of the Lawson Mardon Group. He later covered various positions of increasing responsibility at Algroup.


Reid Bigland*

Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Sales Chairman, President and CEO, FCA-Canada Inc.; Head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati brand, FCA-Global

Bigland is in charge of FCA’s U.S. sales strategy, dealer relations, order facilitation, incentives, and field operations, and has full responsibility for FCA Canada’s commercial operations and legal entity. He was named global head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati in May 2016. As part of his sales role, he assumed responsibility in the North American region in October 2015. Previously, Bigland was CEO of Ram Truck and president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. He was also director of U.S. sales and director of HR for Western Star Trucks, a manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks used in the logging, mining, and drilling industries. He held various management positions with Canadian Airlines International, which operated from 1987 until 2001. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, the airline was Canada’s second largest airline after Air Canada. Bigland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.


Steven G. Beahm

Head of Supply Chain Management FCA-North America

Beahm is responsible for volume planning and logistics functions in coordination with the brand CEOs. He also works to improve service, increase capital efficiency, optimize demand and supply, and establish effective supply chain processes. Beahm was VP, sales operations, FCA-US, where he managed sales planning and incentives, retail sales promotions, dealer relations, field operations for sales, small business sales, and Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales.


Todd Breneiser

Head of Porfolio, Research, and Competitive Intelligence

Breneiser is responsible for the NAFTA product portfolio, analyzing the competitive economic environment, and providing market and consumer insights to guide future planning of North American automotive products. He oversees research and planning of all future vehicles in the North American market. Previously, he was director of portfolio and product planning. Before that, Breneiser held various other product development positions. Breneiser joined the Chrysler Corp. in 1992.


David Buckingham

Chief Operating Officer FCA Canada Inc.

Buckingham is responsible for the day-to-day sales and marketing operations of FCA Canada, which is the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales. He has served in this position since June 2011. Previously, as vice president of sales, Buckingham was responsible for all sales development and strategy, business management, dealer development, retail strategies, fleet sales, and business center operations in Canada.  Buckingham holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary.


Bruno Battori

President and CEO, FCA -Mexico, S.A. de C.V.

Cattori serves in the dual roles of president and CEO of FCA México and as the unit’s sales director. He had been president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz México. Earlier in his career, Cattori worked in various positions at Chrysler de México, including director of marketing and promotional advertising, where he oversaw marketing planning, advertising, and pricing and incentives for the Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Automotive brands. He holds a master’s degree in business management from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.


Mark M. Chernoby*

Chief Technical, Compliance Officer

Chernoby was appointed to this position in July. He then assumed responsibility for North America vehicle safety and regulatory compliance in November. Chernoby had
served as CEO, product development; head of product portfolio management; and head of quality. He was also senior VP of engineering and head of vehicle engineering. Since joining the automaker in 1985 as a powertrain engineer, Chernoby has made use of his experience in focused component engineering and advanced vehicle programs


Michael Dahl

Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance, FCA-North America

Dahl is responsible for assuring the FCA’s compliance with all safety, emissions, and fuel economy regulations. Previously, he was director, gasoline/diesel engine programs and global powertrain coordination, where he led the development and launch of six new engines, including the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. He also served as director, supplier quality and powertrain controls engineering. He joined Chrysler Corp. in 1985.


Olivier François*

Chief Marketing Officer, FCA-Global, Head of Fiat Brand, FCA-Global

François serves as the lead marketing executive for Chrysler and Fiat. He was president and CEO, Chrysler brand, at the former Chrysler Group LLC. He assumed marketing communication responsibility in 2009 for coordinating communications for all of the automaker’s brands. In 2012, Advertising Age magazine named Chrysler Group the “Marketer of the Year” for a series of ad campaigns that resonated with consumers and increased sales.


Scott R. Garberding

Head of Quality, FCA – Global

As of May 2016, Garberding has been responsible for all quality at FCA. He had served as the chief purchasing officer since 2013. In December 2009, he was appointed senior vice president of manufacturing/world class manufacturing, FCA-US LLC, with responsibility for all assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations worldwide as well as implementation of the World Class Manufacturing system at all FCA-US manufacturing facilities. He has also held the position of senior vice president and chief procurement officer.


Alistair “Al” Gardner

Head of Network Development, FCA-North America

Gardner’s responsibilities include ensuring that the dealer network operates at the highest possible level for sales volumes for Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Ram, Mopar, and SRT vehicles and products. Since 2013, Gardner had been president and CEO, Chrysler brand, Chrysler Group LLC. Prior to that, he was responsible for overseeing dealerships in six southern states. Since joining the company in 1986, Gardner has had experience in sales, service, and business.


Ralph V. Gilles*

Head of Design, FCA-Global

Gilles has held this position since April 2015. Previously, he served as senior VP, product design, and president and CEO, Motorsports, FCA-North America; president and CEO, SRT brand; and president and CEO, Dodge brand for FCA-US LLC. He was named VP for design in September 2008. He joined the former Chrysler Corp. in 1992. He serves as executive sponsor of the Chrysler African American Network and plays a role with the Chrysler Global Diversity Council. An avid car enthusiast, he enjoys spending time watching F1 auto racing.


Brian Harlow

Head of Manufacturing, FCA-North America

Harlow is responsible for all vehicle assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations in North America, as well as implementation of the World Class Manufacturing system at all FCA-US manufacturing facilities. Previously, Harlow was global head of powertrain manufacturing engineering and vice president and head of NAFTA powertrain operations in the U.S. and Canada, and had global responsibility for Fiat and Chrysler powertrain manufacturing engineering. He joined Chrysler in 1978 as a plant engineer.


Robert Hegbloom

Head of Ram Brand International, FCA-US

Hegbloom was named head of Ram brand international, FCA-US LLC, in February with the responsibility for expanding Ram brand sales outside North America. Previously, he was head of Ram brand, where he oversaw sales and marketing for the company’s truck brand. Earlier, as director, Ram brand product marketing, he oversaw all current and future Ram brand-related products and initiatives. Hegbloom has also served as director of truck, large SUV, and commercial vehicle product planning.


Philip Jansen

Head of Product Development, FCA-North America

Jansen has responsibility for all systems and component engineering, vehicle line programs, advance vehicle development, and vehicle integration and validation, along with cost engineering. He previously oversaw systems and component engineering for the FCA-US vehicle lineup. Since joining the former Chrysler Corp. in 1985 as a production analyst, he has held many leadership positions within Jeep vehicle engineering, including chief engineer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, the most awarded SUV ever.


Roger “Shane” Karr

Head of External Affairs Ad Interim, FCA-North America

Karr is responsible for providing strategic direction on international, federal, and state government relations. He also leads community relations and employee volunteerism efforts for FCA-US LLC as well as the FCA Foundation. Karr was vice president, U.S. External Affairs, FCA US. Prior to joining FCA, he was vice president of federal government affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. In this role, he represented the alliance before members of Congress and congressional staff.


Michael J. Keegan*

Head of Human Resources, Corporate Sustainability, FCA-North America

Keegan oversees HR processes, programs, and policies; leadership and human capital development; and employee relations. He also leads activities with respect to sustainable development and encompassing the areas of economic success, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. Previously, Keegan was senior VP, supply chain management, responsible for the volume planning and logistics functions in coordination with the brand CEOs.


Timothy Kuniskis*

Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT FCA-North America, Power Train Coordinator, FCA-Global

Kuniskis has full responsibility for the sales and marketing of the Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat brands. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Dodge and SRT brands, head of the Fiat brand for North America, and director of brand marketing for Chrysler and Fiat. Kuniskis joined Chrysler Corp. in 1992 and, since then, has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in the company.


Robert (Bob) E. Lee*

Head of Engine, Powertrain, Electrified Propulsion, and Systems Engineering, FCA-North America

Lee is responsible for directing design, development, and release of engines and electrified propulsion systems for FCA-US. He joined the company in 1978 as an engineer-in-training and has since held many positions in several areas. Lee has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1978 and is a founding member of the SAE North American International Powertrain Conference Leadership Team.


Jeffrey P. Lux

Head of Transmission Powertrain, FCA-North America

Lux leads the team responsible for the design, development, and release of all transmission and driveline systems. He also supports efforts to coordinate powertrain activities on a global basis. Lux joined Chrysler Group in 2014 from GM, where he recently he served as executive director, powertrain new product launch and was executive director, global powertrain quality; VP, GM Europe powertrain engineering; and global chief engineer, front-wheel-drive hybrid electric drive units, among other duties.


Laurie A. Macaddino

Head of Internal Audit & Compliance, FCA-North America

Macaddino is responsible for ensuring that all vehicles produced and sold by FCA meet financial requirements, including cost and profitability. Previously, she was VP of finance and VP of corporate audit and compliance. Macaddino was senior manager of corporate audit and manager of the treasury pension fund, Chrysler Canada. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.


Michael Manley*

Head of Jeep and Ram Brands, FCA-Global, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific Regional Operations Group

Manley added responsibility for the Ram brand in October 2015. He is a member of the FCA Group executive council, where he has served as both chief operating officer of the Asia Pacific Regional Operations Group and head of Jeep brand since September 2011. As the lead executive for international operations, he oversees the implementation of cooperation agreements for distribution of FCA-North America products.


Carlo Materazzo

Head of World Class Manufacturing, FCA-Global

Materazzo is responsible for the world-class manufacturing audit process, knowledge-sharing, implementation, and coordination in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and North America. WCM focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety. This is in addition to his current responsibilities of expanding WCM at the automaker’s 37 manufacturing facilities in North America. Previously, Materazzo was a Fiat plant manager.


Jim Morrison

Head of Ram Brand, FCA-North America

Since February 2016, Morrison has responsibility for sales and marketing strategic operations for FCA’s truck brand in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He had been director, Jeep brand product marketing and global coordination. Morrison has spent nearly 20 years with FCA-US in the United States and Canada in various sales and marketing positions. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Science and MBA degrees from the University of New Brunswick. He attended the Ivey School of Business of the University of Western Ontario.


Richard Palmer*

Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, FCA-Global

Palmer is responsible for all of FCA’s finance activities including corporate controlling, treasury, and tax operations. He added the systems and castings role on January 1, 2016. Palmer joined Chrysler Group LLC from Fiat Group Automobiles, where he had been chief financial officer since 2006. Palmer joined the Fiat Group in 2003 as CFO of Comau, and later moved to Iveco in the same role. From 1997 until 2003, he served as head finance manager for several business units at General Electric Oil Gas.


Chris Pardi

NAFTA General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, FCA-US

Pardi is responsible for FCA-US legal matters in NAFTA, including corporate governance, commercial and corporate transactions, product litigation, regulatory and environmental affairs, and intellectual property. He joined the company in 2004 as an attorney in tax affairs and transferred to the Office of the General Counsel, where he led employment law and benefits. Earlier in his career, Pardi worked at Deloitte & Touche, LLP and in private practice with a Detroit-area law firm.


Barbara J. Pilarski

Head of Business Development, FCA-North America

Pilarski oversees the negotiation of strategic global partnership arrangements for FCA and manages alliances. Previously, she served as executive director of mergers and acquisitions, North and South America, where she oversaw aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Pilarski joined Chrysler in 1985 as an analyst and has held several jobs within the company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Wayne State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


​Davide Ferina

Chief Information Officer, FCA-North America 

Ferina, who was appointed to this position in November 2016, is responsible for all information technology applications and infrastructure in support of business units located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Asia Pacific region. Previously, Ferina, an Italian, was chief technology officer, Fianance and Information and Communication Technology for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Ferina, an Italian, has a master’s degree in information technology from the University of Turin.


Scott Thiele

Chief Purchasing Officer, FCA-Global

Appointed in May 2016, Thiele succeeds Thomas Finelli, who became head of purchasing for FCA subsidiary Comau Inc. Thiele had been responsible for all vehicle and powertrain capital expenditures on a global basis since July 2014. Prior to that, in 2012, he led the development of a global finance platform strategy to identify areas where the company could improve its standardization efforts. Thiele joined the former Chrysler Group in 2007 as the lead purchasing executive for raw materials and stamping.


Joseph Veltri

Head of Investor Relations, FCA-Global

Previously, Veltri was responsible for the company’s current and future product planning. From April 2011 to May 2012, he assumed additional executive responsibilities as head of Jeep brand Europe. In this position, he is responsible for building Jeep brand equity through a defined brand marketing strategy that aligns with the company’s global brand vision. Veltri is a CPA, and joined the former Chrysler Corporation in 1988 as a financial analyst. He earned a master’s degree in business management from Eastern Michigan University.


*Members of the Group Executive Council, the highest executive decision making body within Fiat outside of its board of directors. The GEC is responsible for reviewing the operating performance of the businesses, setting performance targets, making key strategic decisions and investments for the group, and sharing best practices, including the development and deployment of key human resources. 


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Board of Directors — FCA-US LLC

Reid Bigland
Head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati
Chairman, President, and CEO, FCA-Canada Inc.
Head of U.S. Sales

Giorgio Fossati
General Counsel, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA)
General Counsel, FCA EMEA Region

Michael J. Keegan
Head of Human Resources, FCA-North America
Corporate Sustainability Officer, FCA-North America

Michael Manley
Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA-Global
Lead Executive for International Operations, FCA-North America

Sergio Marchionne
Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Richard Palmer
Chief Financial Officer, FCA-Global, Chief Operating Officer, Systems and Castings, FCA-Global


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Board of Directors — FCA N.V.

Andrea Agnelli
Chairman, Lamse S.p.A. 

Tiberto Brandolini d’Adda
General Partner, Giovanni Agnelli & C. 

Glenn Earle
Former Managing Director and CEO, Goldman Sachs International

John Elkann
Chairman and CEO, EXOR 

Sergio Marchionne
Chief Executive Officer

Valerie A. Mars
Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Development, Mars Inc.  

Ruth J. Simmons
President Emerita, Brown University 

Ronald L. Thompson
Senior Non-executive Director
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association 

Patience Wheatcroft
Member, House of Lords, U.K. Parliament

Stephen M. Wolf
Chairman, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company 

Ermenegildo Zegna
CEO, Ermenegildo Zegna Group