On Monday, after news broke that former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne was forced to step down due to failing health, US President Donald Trump reportedly called FCA Chairman John Elkann to share his concern for the Italian-Canadian executive. Marchionne suffered complications after receiving surgery on his right shoulder in late-June, putting him in a coma in a Zürich hospital.
Today, it was reported that Sergio Marchionne, 66, had succumbed to those complications and passed away.
Trump and Marchionne met on several occasions after the former took office – most recently in May, when Marchionne, along with executives from nine other global automakers, sat down with the president to discuss trade and vehicle emissions standards. At the time, Trump reportedly said of Marchionne: “Right now, he is my favorite person in the room.” That was owing to FCA’s announcement that it would spend $1 billion to bring Ram Heavy Duty production to Michigan from Saltillo, Mexico.
Sergio Marchionne had some kind words for Donald Trump, as well, saying in an interview ahead of the meeting that Trump was “probably the most consummate deal-maker I’ve seen in a long, long time.” Marchionne also offered support for the president’s decision to again review federal vehicle fuel efficiency standards, and for the sweeping tax overhaul that US Republicans passed last year.
According to Rome news outlet Il Messaggero, Trump phoned John Elkann Monday to ask after Sergio Marchionne, and expressed his grief at the late executive’s failing health. The Trump administration confirms that the president made the call, but has not divulged any details about what was said.
(Source: Detroit Free Press)