Alfredo Altavilla – Chief Operating Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa – has abruptly resigned following Sergio Marchionne’s illness and subsequent early resignation as Chief Executive Officer. Marchionne wasn’t set to retire until next year, and Altavilla was one of a few people being considered to replace the 66-year-old executive, it had been reported previously. But the job of CEO didn’t fall to the 53-year-old Altavilla, with FCA’s board instead rushing Mike Manley – head of FCA’s Jeep and Ram brands – into the position.
Alfredo Altavilla is a veteran of Fiat Group, starting with Fiat Auto in 1990 working on international strategic planning and product development. By 2002, he was entrusted with overseeing Fiat’s strategic alliance with General Motors, and two years later, he was made responsible for managing all alliances. The experience gained in those capacities would prove crucial as he was made a member of Chrysler’s Board of Directors in July, 2009, following Fiat Group’s acquisition of a 20-percent stake in the American automaker.
He’s served in his current role, leading FCA’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, since November, 2012.
In a statement, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said: “Alfredo Altavilla will be leaving the Group to pursue other professional interests. The Group thanks Alfredo for his contributions and wishes him all the best for the future.” The automaker added that Alfredo “will be working with [CEO Mike Manley] through the end of August to ensure a smooth transition.” In the interim, Manley will be responsible for Altavilla’s duties.
Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne‘s exact condition is unknown as he undergoes treatment at a hospital in Zürich, Switzerland. He is reportedly comatose and requires the assistance of a ventilator in order to keep breathing.