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FCA North America’s new leader is—from Amazon (sort of)

by David Zatz on

It seems that FCA CEO Mike Manley wants some new blood in the executive suite. Defying Sergio Marchionne’s practice of promoting from within, Manley has appointed Mark Stewart to be the chief operating officer (COO) of FCA in North America. That’s Manley’s own prior job.

mark stewart, FCA COO
There apparently was no time for a professional photo to be taken, so here’s a picture from the company Brownie.

Mark Stewart, now 51, was hired from Amazon, though he had only spent a year there; Stewart’s background is in the auto industry, where he was chief operating officer for ZF TRW. The electrical engineer had risen through the ranks at TRW when ZF bought the company.  FCA uses both TRW and ZF as Tier 1 suppliers; ZF famously supplies FCA with its new eight and nine speed automatic transmission designs.

According to Bloomberg, Mark was executive vice president of occupant safety systems, electronics, fasteners, and body controls at ZF TRW of Livonia, and also ran the Asia Pacifica and South American regions. He attained a bachelor of electrical and electronics engineering at Vanderbilt University in 1989, and an MBA at the University of Tennessee. He has also been the vice president in charge of Western Europe at Tower International; he joined TRW in 2006. His job at Amazon was vice president of customer fulfillment.

michael keegan
Mike Keegan (FCA photo)

A little lower on the urgency scale, Niel Golightly (that is the correct spelling of his name) is replacing Mike Keegan as the global chief communications officer. Keegan is staying on, becoming the chief audit, sustainability, and compliance officer; he is replacing Alessandro Baldi, who will retire early next year.  Golightly comes to FCA from Shell Oil.

Both Stewart and Golightly have been appointed “effective immediately,” according to an employee email also released to the media and general public.

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