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Management Shake-up at FCA

Manley trims portfolio – gives up China, but gets to focus on Jeep.

by on Jan.11, 2017

Mike Manley, here introducing the new Jeep Compass, is going to get to focus solely on Jeep and Ram truck after the shuffling of executives at FCA.

Seemingly always in motion, Fiat Chrysler’s Mike Manley might finally get a few hour’s sleep each night as he finds himself at the center of a management shake-up at the Euro-American automaker.

Manley will no longer oversee FCA’s Chinese and Asia-Pacific operations, it was announced on Wednesday. But what might seem, at first glance, to be a bit of a demotion is, at closer inspection, a recognition that Manley was simply too spread out to handle some of his more critical assignments.

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That includes overseeing the development and sales of some of the automaker’s most profitable product lines: the Jeep and Ram brands. Both have been gaining ground amidst the current shift from cars to light trucks. (more…)