Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has lent his opinion to a scandal at FCA Australia involving car thief turned car executive Clyde Campbell and former FCA Australia CEO Veronica Johns, Drive.com.au reports.
Last year Drive.co.au broke a story that indicated Campbell, who was formerly apart of an interstate car theft ring and charged with car theft crimes in the early 1990s, was using millions of dollars in FCA money to fund a lavish lifestyle that included a $400,000 boat, trips abroad and luxury villas at a local casino.
In addition to using company money for his own gain, he is also alleged to have given free cars to celebrities and also to managers at the casino. Johns, meanwhile, used company funds to renovate her family home, FCA says. In total, Campbell and Johns are thought to have spent more than $30 million AUD in company money.
Marchionne spoke on the matter for the first time on the floor of the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show this week, saying his finds Campbell and Johns actions ‘distasteful.’
“I think we have taken all legal remedies available to the house in what is an incredibly unfortunate set of events,” Marchionne said.
“Any breach of trust of that calibre is something that is painful and it was unexpected, obviously. You cannot imagine it. As I’ve said, we have taken every piece of corrective action and are exercising our right to avail ourselves of legal remedies.
“It’s a very distasteful set of events, unjustifiable in our culture. I was very displeased.”
Campbell and FCA’s lawyers are currently in the midst of mediation as he looks to try and resolve the suit against him, arguing that Marchionne gave him permission to run the company as he wished. The mediation process began last month.