The Latest: New FCA chief Manley had been seen as a star
ROME (AP) – The Latest on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO (all times local):
Jeep executive Mike Manley, who replaces the ailing Sergio Marchionne as the head of Fiat Chrysler Automobile, had been one of Marchionne’s closest collaborators at the group.
Manley in a previous role had been responsible for product planning and all sales activities outside of North America.
Manley took over management of the Jeep brand in 2009, just after Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy protection. At the time, the all-SUV Jeep mainly was a U.S. brand, where annual sales languished at around 232,000. By 2017, though, sales had nearly quadrupled to more than 828,000 as Americans snapped up all-wheel-drive SUVs.
The brand also grew internationally, especially in China, under Manley.
Marchionne put Manley in charge of the Ram brand as well as Jeep in 2015. Much of Fiat Chrysler’s profits come from the Ram pickup, especially in the U.S.
Manley, 54, has been with the company since 2000.