Fiat Chrysler has appointed Chrysler executive Mark Chernoby to the newly created position of chief technical compliance officer, The Detroit News reports.
Chernoby most recently served as FCA’s head of product portfolio management and chief operating officer for engineering and development. In his new role, he will oversee FCA’s regulatory compliance programs in the United States and will be responsible for evaluating and approving new product initiatives and technical standards.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said increasing amount of automotive regulations makes the creation of Chernoby’s role “a necessity.” The 55-year old is well equipped for the job, having held several high ranking positions in his near 30-year tenure with FCA, including senior vice president of engineering and head of quality.
In coming years, automakers will be tested as they strive to meet a fleet-wide fuel economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Companies will be forced to slowly increase their fleet-wide averages each year until reaching the eventual 54.5 MPG average, however automakers and regulators alike think the goal is too ambitious and won’t be met.