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Iacobelli Retired Before UAW Talks

by Bill Cawthon on

Alphons “Al” Iacobelli, Fiat Chrysler’s head of employee relations, has retired with United States union contract talks coming in July.

Detroit native Mr. Iacobelli joined Chrysler Corporation in 1993, and was appointed vice president for employee relations for Chrysler Group in July 2008. He has been in charge of labor relations and has led the company team in negotiations with the United Auto Workers, which represents most FCA hourly employees in the United States and Mexico. Canadian workers are in a different union.


Glenn Shagena, the head of FCA Mexico Human Resources, is replacing Mr. Iacobelli.  He was the human resources director for manufacturing, and headed up labor relations, including the World Class Manufacturing rollout in North America.

Mr. Shagena joined Chrysler Corporation in 1985, working in the Labor Relations department at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Organizational/HR Development from Case Western Reserve University.

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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