Big Three Executives: FCA 2020

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Mike Manley*

CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Manley was appointed CEO in July 2018. He previously had headed the Jeep brand since June 2009, and was head of the Ram brand since October 2015. Manley also served as COO of Asia Pacific and as the lead Chrysler Group executive for international operations, and oversaw the implementation of cooperation agreements for the international distribution of FCA-North America products. Manley also served as executive vice president, international sales and global product planning operations, where he was responsible for product planning and all sales activities outside North America. He holds an MBA from Ashridge Management College in Ashridge, England, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Southbank University in London.


Michael (Micky) BlyMichael (Micky) Bly

Head of Powertrain Engine Engineering, FCA-North America

Bly is responsible for core powertrain engineering as well as electrification, which includes leading the company’s expansion into hybrid and electric vehicles. He spent five years at American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. in Detroit, where he held various jobs in Europe and North America, including his most recent position as global vice president of product management electrification. He also spent 23 years in engineering positions, including powertrain and vehicle electrification, at General Motors Co. Bly’s hiring last year was due to the retirement of FCA’s longtime global powertrain chief Bob Lee, who stepped down after a 41-year career with the automaker. Bly will help lead FCA as it maps powertrain strategies to meet increasingly stringent global emissions standards and tougher U.S. fuel-economy targets looming in 2025 and beyond.

 

Mark BosanacMark Bosanac

Head of Mopar Parts, Service & Customer Care, FCA-North America

Bosanac oversees the strategy for the Mopar parts and services business in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Previously, he was head of NAFTA supply chain management and global parts SCM & operations. Bosanac has held positions of increasing levels of responsibility since joining the company in 1986. He has extensive experience in the vehicle chain and sales and marketing organization, specifically in the areas of retail planning, sales, and dealer relations. He holds an MBA from Michigan State University.

 

Bruno Cattori

President and CEO, FCA-México, 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 serving as director of marketing and advertising, where he oversaw marketing planning, advertising, and pricing and incentives for the Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands. He holds and an MBA from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

 

Mamatha ChamarthiMamatha Chamarthi

Chief Information Officer, FCA-North America and Asia Pacific

Chamarthi is responsible for all information technology applications and infrastructure in support of business units located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Asia Pacific. Previously, as senior vice president and chief digital officer for auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG in Germany, she oversaw the company’s full range of digital strategies and was responsible for driving change across the organization to create a talent ecosystem to allow ZF to be a leader in autonomous driving.

 

Mark ChampineMark Champine

Head of Quality, FCA-North America

Champine was named to this post in 2018. Before that, he served as head of electrified powertrain programs for FCA-North America. He also was head of transmission and driveline quality, and quality center manager for the Kokomo transmission plant in Indiana. Earlier in his career, Champine led various transmission and torque converter engineering programs. He received an MBA and engineering management master’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

 

Mark M. Chernoby*

Chief Technical Compliance Officer, FCA-N.V.

In addition to his role as CTCO, Chernoby is responsible for North America vehicle safety and regulatory compliance. He had previously served as COO, product development; head of product portfolio management; and head of quality. Chernoby was also senior vice president of engineering and head of vehicle engineering. He joined the automaker in 1985 as a powertrain engineer, was elected chair for the SAE Technical Standards Board, and served on the Hydrogen Technology Advisory Committee.

 

Richard Cox

Head of Portfolio Planning, FCA-North America Head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati Product Planning

Cox is responsible for the NAFTA product portfolio, analyzing the competitive environment, and providing market and consumer insights to guide future planning of North American products. He is also responsible for Alfa Romeo and Maserati product planning. Previously, Cox was director of Dodge and SRT product marketing for FCA-US. He joined the company in 1999, and worked at FCA-Canada in Windsor, Ontario, with increasing levels of responsibility before moving to the U.S. to lead Dodge product marketing.

 

Antonio Filosa*

Chief Operating Officer, FCA-Latin America

Filosa was named to this position and was made a member of the group executive council in March 2018. Previously, he served as the head of Argentina, and head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands for the Latin America region. Earlier, he was responsible for all purchasing activities in the Latin America region and was manager of the Betim assembly plant in Brazil. Filosa joined the group in 1999. He is a native of Naples and holds a master’s degree in engineering from Politecnico di Milano
in Italy.

 

Giorgio Fossati

General Counsel, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles General Counsel, FCA Europe Middle East and Africa Region

Fossati has served on the board of directors of FCA-US since June 2014 and has been general counsel for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles since 2011. He also retains the title of general counsel for FCA’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Fossati serves on the boards of Maserati S.p.A., Comau S.p.A., Magneti Marelli S.p.A., FCA-Italy S.p.A., Teksid S.p.A., Fiat Finance S.p.A., Fidis S.p.A., Fiat Partecipazioni S.p.A., Risk Management S.p.A., Abarth & C. S.p.A., and Fiat Auto Poland S.A.

 

Scott R. Garberding*

Global Chief Manufacturing Officer

Garberding has extensive knowledge and understanding of the company’s worldwide manufacturing system, and of the people who work in its plants. FCA subsidiaries Comau and Teksid report directly to Garberding. Earlier, he served as head of quality, chief purchasing officer, and senior vice president of manufacturing/world class manufacturing, FCA-US, with responsibility for all assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations worldwide. He was also senior vice president and chief procurement officer.

 

Alistair “Al” Gardner

Head of Maserati, FCA-North America

Gardner is responsible for developing the Maserati brand in the North America region. Previously, as head of network development for FCA-North America, Gardner was charged with ensuring that the dealer network operates at the highest possible level for optimal sales volumes for Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Ram, Mopar, and SRT vehicles and products. Since 2013, he served as president and CEO of the Chrysler brand. Prior to that, he was director of FCA’s southeast business center.

 

Ralph V. Gilles*

Head of Design

Gilles, who joined the former Chrysler Corp. in 1992, is responsible for shaping and directing design across the company’s entire brand portfolio. 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. He was named VP for design in September 2008. Gilles is executive sponsor of the Fiat Chrysler African American Network.

 

Pietro Gorlier*

Chief Operating Officer, Europe, Middle East, Africa Region, Head of Mopar (Parts & Service), Globally Chief Operating Officer, Components

Gorlier was named to the EMEA role in 2018, has been component COO since 2015, and was appointed to the Mopar position in 2009. At Mopar, he shares responsibility with the brands for parts and services growth and delivery, and customer support. He previously served as head of the network development, owned dealerships, and customer service organizations at FCA-Italy S.p.A. and CNH Global N.V. Gorlier joined the company in 1989.

 

Davide GrassoDavide Grasso*

Chief Operating Officer, Maserati

Grasso is responsible for Maserati’s overall commercial and financial performance, while driving its operating success across all global markets. He previously served as CEO at Converse Inc., a subsidiary of Nike Inc., where he engineered the iconic brand for long-term sustainable growth. At Nike he also served as chief marketing officer and led teams in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He joined Nike in 2001. Grasso holds a master’s degree from Bocconi University – Milan, Italy.

 

Marissa HunterMarissa Hunter

Head of Marketing, FCA-North America

Hunter is responsible for overseeing and developing marketing for FCA’s brands in North America. She will also continue in her role as director of brand advertising, where she oversees the creation and implementation of national marketing campaigns across the automotive company’s portfolio, which includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep, and Ram. She joined FCA in August 2009 as head of advertising for the Ram Truck brand. Hunter previously worked at BBDO Detroit.

 

Philip Jansen

Head of Product Development, FCA-North America

Jansen leads all systems and component engineering, vehicle line programs, advance vehicle development, vehicle integration and validation, and 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 leadership positions within Jeep vehicle engineering, and was Jeep Grand Cherokee’s chief engineer. He holds a patent for the dual-action rear gate on the first-generation Jeep Liberty.

 

Roger (Shane) Karr

Head of External Affairs, FCA-North America

Karr is responsible for providing strategic direction on international, federal, and state government relations. He also leads community relations and employee volunteer efforts for FCA-US and the FCA Foundation. Karr was the 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*

Chief Audit, Sustainability and Compliance Officer, FC A-N.V.

Previously, as head of communications, Keegan oversaw all FCA corporate and product communications, closely coordinating with communication teams in the company’s various regions and business sectors. He also served as head of human resources, FCA-North America, and was head of supply chain management at FCA-US. He joined the company in 1990 as a financial analyst and has gained experience in sales and marketing, finance, strategic planning, and post-merger integration.

 

Linda KnollLinda Knoll*

Chief Human Resources Officer

Knoll provides companywide oversight for the human resources function, including organizational development, talent management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and compliance and staffing. Previously, Knoll concurrently held the same CHRO and GEC positions at CNH Industrial N.V. from 2007 to 2018. She spent 25 years in numerous operational assignments with the predecessor companies to FCA and CNH Industrial. She also worked at General Dynamics Corp.

 

Timothy Kuniskis*

Head of Passenger Cars, FCA-North America Global Head of Alfa Romeo

Kuniskis has been global head of Alfa Romeo since February 2018, and has full responsibility for its sales and marketing. Before this, Kuniskis was head of the Jeep brand for FCA-North America. He also served as head of passenger car brands Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat for FCA-North America, and was president and CEO of the Dodge and SRT brands for FCA North America. Kuniskis has also been head of the Fiat brand for North America and director of brand marketing for Chrysler and Fiat.

 

Phillip LangleyPhillip Langley

Head of Network Development, FCA-North America

Langley is responsible for ensuring that the dealer network operates at the highest possible level, to generate optimal sales volumes for Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep, Ram, Mopar, and SRT vehicles and products. Previously, Langley spent three years as head of U.S. dealer network operations. He has experience in the company’s mid-Atlantic and southeast business centers. Langley holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

 

Joao Laranjo

Chief Financial Officer, FCA-North America

Laranjo is responsible for all financial matters relating to the company’s operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Previously, Laranjo worked as the FCA’s Latin America CFO, based in Brazil, and was responsible for overseeing, planning, and managing financial operations and controlling for the company. He also served as Latin America deputy CFO and chief accounting officer. Before that, Laranjo held a variety of financial positions in FCA’s Latin American operations. He joined FCA in April 2009.

 

Jorge Luis Lares OrtizJorge Luis Lares Ortiz

Head of Manufacturing, FCA-North America

Ortiz is responsible for all assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as the implementation of the world-class manufacturing system at all FCA-US manufacturing facilities. Ortiz was most recently head of manufacturing at FCA-Mexico, where he was responsible for the operations of seven facilities — including three assembly, two engine, and two stamping plants — in Saltillo and Toluca. He also successfully launched several engine programs.

 

Jeffrey P. Lux

Head of Propulsion Systems, Global Quality, and Interim Head of Global Powertrain Coordination

In addition to his position as head of transmission powertrain, FCA-North America, where he leads the team responsible for the design, development, and release of all transmission and driveline systems, Lux also supports efforts to coordinate powertrain activities on a global basis. He joined Chrysler Group in 2014 from GM, where he served as executive director, powertrain new product launch; executive director, global powertrain quality; and VP, GM Europe powertrain engineering.

 

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison

Head of Jeep Brand, FCA-North America

Morrison is responsible for sales and marketing strategic operations for the Jeep brand in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He previously was head of the Ram brand for FCA-North America and director, Jeep brand product marketing and global coordination. Morrison spent nearly 20 years with FCA-US in the United States and Canada in various sales and marketing positions. He has an MBA from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of New Brunswick.

 

Richard Palmer*

Chief Financial Officer, Head of Business Development, Chief Operating Officer, Systems and Castings

Palmer is responsible for all of FCA’s finance activities, including corporate controlling, treasury, and tax. He added the systems and castings role in January 2016. Palmer joined the company from Fiat Group Automobiles, where he had been CFO since 2006. He 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 finance manager for several business units at General Electric Oil & Gas.

 

Chris Pardi

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, FCA-North America

Pardi is responsible for legal functions in North America, including corporate governance, commercial and corporate transactions, product litigation, dealer and trade relations, regulatory and environmental affairs, and intellectual property. He joined the company in 2004 as a tax attorney 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 was in private legal practice.

 

Barbara J. Pilarski

Head of Business Development, FCA-North America

Pilarski is responsible for negotiating and executing strategic partnership arrangements. She previously served as head of human resources, FCA-North America. Pilarski was originally named head of business development, FCA-North America in 2009, and she served in the role until 2017. Earlier, as executive director of mergers and acquisitions, North and South America, at Chrysler, LLC, Pilarski led all merger, acquisition, and divestiture activities in North and South America for Chrysler and the former DaimlerChrysler.

 

Richard Schwarzwald*

Global Head of Quality

Schwartzwald has more than 25 years of automotive quality and supplier quality experience. He led FCA’s quality organization in Latin America, where his team produced quality improvements in the Jeep Renegade. Earlier in his career, Schwarzwald held senior leadership positions at several automotive OEMs and suppliers. In his new role, he will join FCA’s group executive council (GEC). He holds a master’s degree in production and logistics operations and an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil.

 

Carl SmileyCarl Smiley*

Chief Purchasing and Supply Chain Officer

Smiley had been senior VP and general manager, Asia Pacific, for TE Connectivity since 2012. Prior to that, he held various global leadership roles at Magna Steyr, including VP of operations and purchasing, Asia-Magna Powertrain, and president and board member, Magna Steyr Asia. Smiley began his career at General Motors and spent time in quality, purchasing, production management, and supplier quality in the U.S., China, and Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Alma College.

 

Simon SprouleSimon Sproule

Chief Communications Officer, FCA-N.V., Head of North America Communications

Sproule took over this position on Feb. 3, 2020. Before that, he had been VP and chief marketing officer for Aston Martin since 2014. In that role, he led integrated marketing and corporate communications, which included the company’s brand licensing and partnership initiatives. Earlier, Sproule was VP of communications at Tesla Motors Inc. He also served as corporate vice president, global marketing communications, Nissan Motor Corp., and was head of Renault-Nissan Alliance communications since 2009.

 

Mark Stewart*

Chief Operating Officer, FCA-North America

Prior to his appointment in late 2018, Stewart had been VP of operations for Amazon and was the lead executive for customer fulfillment across 200 operations facilities in North America. He was also responsible for overseeing operations, procurement, construction, and engineering with teams dedicated to pursuing automation, artificial intelligence, and advanced robotics and conveyance. Before that, Stewart was executive VP and COO at ZF TRW Automotive. He spent the first years of his career in manufacturing with TRW.

 

Scott Thiele

Head of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, FCA-North America

Thiele is responsible for driving innovation and collaboration with suppliers in the North American region and continuing to develop the North American supply chain. Previously, he was chief purchasing officer. Thiele had been responsible for all vehicle and powertrain capital expenditures on a global basis since July 2014. He led the development of a global finance platform strategy in 2012, identifying areas where the company could improve its standardization efforts. Thiele joined Chrysler in 2007.

 

Joseph Veltri

Head of Investor Relations

Veltri leads the company’s current and future product planning. From April 2011 to May 2012, he assumed additional executive responsibilities as head of the Jeep brand in Europe, where he built the brand’s equity through a defined product marketing strategy that aligns with the company’s global brand vision. Previously, as product planning lead and head of truck/SUV product planning, Veltri was responsible for ensuring continuity across brands for all product requirements, engineering capabilities, business case, and voice of the customer.

 

Laurie Vitale

Head of Internal Audit & Compliance, FCA-North America

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

 

Harald Wester*

Executive Chairman, Maserati Chief Technical Officer

Wester was named executive chairman of Maserati and his role of chief technical officer was expanded to include global powertrain along with global vehicle engineering in July 2019. In the expanded CTO role, Wester oversees all product development and engineering for ongoing product strategy, including the expansion of its internal combustion and hybrid/electric powertrain offerings. He had served as COO of Maserati since October 2018. Wester served as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati until May 2016.

 

Rob WichmanRob Wichman

Ad Interim Head of Product Development, FCA-North America

Wichman has responsibility for all systems and component engineering, vehicle line programs, advance vehicle development, and vehicle integration and validation, along with cost engineering. Before that, he was the vehicle line executive, truck and cargo van, for FCA-North America. Wichman has spent more than 28 years at FCA in jobs of increasing responsibility, including program management for vehicles such as the Ram 1500. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State.


Board of Directors, FCA-U.S.

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

Michael J. Keegan*
Chief Audit, Sustainability and Compliance Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Michael Manley*
Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Richard Palmer*
Chief Financial Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.
Head of Business Development

Mark Stewart*
Chief Operating Officer, FCA-North America

*Members of the group executive council, the highest executive decision-making body within FCA 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.


Board of Directors, FCA N.V.

John Abbott
Member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell plc

Andrea Agnelli
Non-executive Chairman, Lamse S.p.A.

Tiberto Brandolini d’Adda
Non-executive Director, Giovanni Agnelli B.V.

Glenn Earle
Non-executive Former Managing Director and CEO, Goldman Sachs International

John Elkann
Chairman
Chairman and CEO, EXOR

Michael Manley*
Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Valerie A. Mars
Non-executive Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development, Mars Inc. 

Richard Palmer
Chief Financial Officer

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

Michelangelo Volpi
Non-executive Partner, Index Ventures

Patience Wheatcroft
Non-executive Member, House of Lords, U.K. Parliament

Ermenegildo Zegna
Non-executive CEO, Ermenegildo Zegna Group

To view FCA’s Board of Directors, please visit: https://www.fcagroup.com/en-US/group/governance/board_of_directors/Pages/default.aspx.


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