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Automotive News names Marchionne “Leader of the Year”

by Bill Cawthon on

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has been named Automotive News “Industry Leader of the Year” and “CEO of the Year for North America.”

The announcement appears in today’s print edition of Automotive News. AN reporter Larry Vellequette did the write-up, detailing some of Marchionne’s achievements since he took on the nearly defunct Chrysler LLC in 2009.

Vellequette sums up his report by saying, “You don’t have to look far to find the Industry Leader of the Year for 2014. It’s Sergio Marchionne, the chain-smoking, expresso-gulping, midnight-oil-burning, Italian-Canadian lawyer who continues to work miracles at Chrysler.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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