Following ahead of the unexpected death of former Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Sergio Marchionne, Mike Manley was named to the top position. And the new CEO recently had his most high-profile meeting yet.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Manley had dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump this past Tuesday. Manley was the only automotive executive on the invitation list.
The report said the dinner was to invite business leaders from various segments to inform the president on the U.S. economy from a private perspective. Leaders were also said to have discussed “priorities and thoughts for the year ahead,” according to a White House statement.
Manley likely has big shoes to fill at FCA for President Trump. During a meeting with auto executives last May, President Trump touted that Marchionne was his “favorite person in the room.” The president also reportedly called FCA to share his concern for Marchionne while he was ill.
The new FCA CEO did not comment on his conversations with the president following Tuesday’s dinner.