MILAN/DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler has announced a revamped management team under new boss Mike Manley that includes the appointment of veteran company executive Pietro Gorlier as head of Europe operations.
As chief operating officer of the EMEA region, Gorlier will also retain the role of chief of supplier Mopar's global operations, FCA said in a statement.
Manley took over in July after long-time chief Sergio Marchionne fell ill and later died after succumbing to complications from surgery. British-born Manley has since pledged to carry through a strategy Marchionne outlined in June to keep FCA "strong and independent" and a contender in the industry's race to develop self-driving and electric cars.
In other moves, Manley named Harald Wester as chief operating officer of Maserati. Wester maintains his role as chief technology officer. Tim Kuniskis is named head of the Jeep brand in North America, while maintaining his role as global head of Alfa Romeo. Scott Garberding is named global chief manufacturing officer at FCA, while Richard Schwarzwald becomes global head of quality.
Gorlier's role as head of supplier Magneti Marelli will be taken by Ermanno Ferrari.
Magneti Marelli may either be spun off or sold, reports have said.
Japan's Calsonic Kansei has been in talks with FCA about buying the unit, other sources have said, but no binding agreement has been reached and the deal could still fall apart.
Choosing an Italian as head of Europe could soothe some fears in Italy that FCA could weaken its link to Fiat's roots.
In his last strategy unveiled in June, Marchionne had vowed to convert Italian plants to churn out Alfa Romeos, Jeeps and Maseratis instead of less profitable mass market vehicles to preserve jobs and boost margins. Europe will also become a big part of its electrification drive.
FCA will copy in Europe what worked in the United States, where it retooled plants to build pricier SUVs and trucks in a move since emulated by bigger rivals Ford and GM.
Manley and his new team have big shoes to fill: Marchionne achieved what many thought impossible, most notably his huge gamble just over a decade ago when he set in motion the marriage between the then-ailing Fiat with bankrupt U.S. rival Chrysler.
It is now the world's seventh-largest automaker and is debt-free, but not without challenges ahead.
FCA cut its full-year profit outlook in July, blaming a weaker-than-expected performance in China, a market that represents one of the new CEO's immediate headaches.