He's run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. And he wears a sweater most of the time and speaks with an Italian accent.
So exactly why isn't Mopar brand head Pietro Gorlier the front-runner to become FCA's CEO when Sergio Marchionne steps down at age 65 in 2018, as Marchionne has said he will do?
He might be. We don't know for sure because Marchionne has said little about FCA's executive succession planning -- just that his successor is on FCA's Group Executive Council, the top global decision-making body.
Gorlier, 54, is a longtime member of the GEC, but so are his potential rivals: Jeep and Ram head Mike Manley, CFO Richard Palmer, U.S. sales and FCA Canada boss Reid Bigland, and European head Alfredo Altavilla.
Gorlier has headed Mopar since Fiat assumed control of the former Chrysler during its 2009 bankruptcy. He is also CEO of subsidiary Magneti Marelli and COO of FCA's components division.
But it is at Mopar where Gorlier has shined. Since taking over, he's expanded the brand's global footprint with dozens of new regional parts distribution centers. Gorlier has also consolidated Fiat's former parts operations under the Mopar umbrella and broadened its aftermarket offerings, especially for Jeep.
Gorlier also has pushed FCA's dealer network, hard, to do what it has needed to do for a long time: expand service capacity and stay open on weekends. While expensive, those initiatives will help dealers weather the next market downturn better than they did the last.
Mopar's global reach means that Gorlier's portfolio is as large as or larger than all of his rivals' except for perhaps Palmer's.
When it comes time for FCA to replace Marchionne as CEO, the decision will likely fall to Agnelli family scion John Elkann rather than Marchionne, though the CEO will probably make a recommendation.
Pietro Gorlier has earned consideration.