Fiat Chrysler U.S. has appointed new general counsel amid a Department of Justice investigation that came about after it was accused of falsely inflating sales figures.
Chris Pardi takes over the role of FCA’s top lawyer in the U.S. from Marjorie Loeb, who has held the job since 2013. Loeb is leaving FCA due to personal matters and her departure is not related to the DoJ investigation, the automaker said.
“She made a personal choice to leave the company,” an FCA spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal. “She wanted to be closer to her family in Illinois.”
Pardi has been with FCA for over 10 years and previously served as the automaker’s assistant general counsel in the U.S.
The DoJ, along with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are currently investigating FCA over allegations in falsified its sales figures. The investigation was spurred after an Illinois dealer group accused FCA of offering money to dealers to report cars as sold that were still on lots. FCA has denied the allegations but is cooperating with the investigation.