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Fiat Chrysler’s appointments

An announcement has been made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. in relation to the company’s leadership structure.

Daphne Zheng will be taking over as the chief operating oficer of China and Paul Alcala is now chief operating officer of the Asia Pacific region. Davide Mele has been appointed as Deputy COO for Latin America, reporting to Stefan Ketter who is the COO of Latin America and FCA’s chief manufacturing officer.

Zheng has been with FCA for more than eight years, most recently served as the managing director of the Sales Joint Venture in China with Guangzhou Automotive Group. Alcala is a 29-year veteran of FCA, most recently served as the head of China
Developments for the Manufacturing and Sales Joint Ventures in China with GAC. Mele most recently served as the Head of FCA Group Controlling.

Both Zheng and Alcala will join the Group Executive Council of FCA which is chaired by the chief executive and is the highest management body.

Mike Manley who has led the Asia Pacific region until now, will continue serving on the GEC and as the Head of Jeep and Ram brands globally.

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Jobs at Fiat Chrysler U.S.

Fiat Chrysler has confirmed a major billion dollar investment which will create 2,000 new jobs.

Fiat Chrysler will invest a total of $(US)one billion investment into plants in Michigan and Ohio. The company has committed investments of more than $9.6 billion in its U.S. manufacturing facilities and created 25,000 new jobs to date since 2009.

The announcement is the second phase of an industrialization plan announced in January 2016. The plan called for the realignment of the Company’s U.S. manufacturing operations to fully utilize available capacity to respond to a shift in market demand for trucks and SUVs, and to further expand the Jeep and Ram brands.

As part of the investment, Fiat Chrysler will retool and modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to produce the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, and the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio to build an all-new Jeep pickup truck.

“The conversion of our industrial footprint completes this stage of our transformation as we respond to the shift in consumer tastes to trucks and SUVs, and as we continue to reinforce the U.S. as a global manufacturing hub for those vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market,” said Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

“These moves, which have been under discussion with Dennis Williams and the rest of the UAW leadership for some time, expand our capacity in these key segments, enabling us to meet growing demand here in the U.S., but more importantly to increase exports of our mid-size and larger vehicles to international markets.

The expansion of the Jeep line-up continues to be the key pillar of Fiat Chrysler’s strategy. “Our commitment to internationalize the Jeep brand is unwavering, and with these last moves, we will finally have the capacity to successfully penetrate markets other than the U.S. which have historically been denied product due to capacity constraints. In addition, these all-new products will reach new consumers, as well as those that have been part of the Jeep tradition,” said Marchionne.

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New chief at Fiat Chrysler

David Smitherman has been unveiled as chief operating officer of Fiat Chrysler New Zealand – the joint venture between Neville Crichton and Clyde Campbell.

Since the company started trading in May 2013, Campbell has been in charge of daily operations from the headquarters located in Auckland. He and Crichton will stay actively involved in the operations, but Smitherman’s appointment will allow them to concentrate on developing business opportunities. (more…)

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