TURIN, Italy — If you're looking for Sergio Marchionne in the next few weeks, you might try the men's room — at any one of Chrysler's plants, offices or technical centers in the United States.
The Fiat S.p.A. CEO regards the state of the bathrooms as an excellent gauge of a company's condition and morale.
On his first visit to Fiat's Mirafiori plant here a few years ago, for example, Marchionne was disgusted by the employee showers and restrooms. "The conditions were absolutely prewar," he said at the time. "I ordered them to be renovated."
It's an example of the 56-year-old Marchionne's attention to detail and desire to see things firsthand.
"Over the coming weeks and months, I will be spending a great deal of time meeting with Chrysler employees and touring its facilities," Marchionne said last week.