Tim Kuniskis, the onetime President and CEO of the Dodge and SRT brands, has been made Head of Jeep Brand in North America, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley today announced more than half-a-dozen major changes to its executive leadership team. Kuniskis will retain his responsibilities as Global Head of Alfa Romeo, FCA says, apparently passing control of Maserati globally.
Before moving into his previous role as FCA’s Global Head of both the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands, Tim Kuniskis was Head of Passenger Car Brands in North America from October, 2015, being succeeded by Steve Beahm. He is a 26-year Chrysler veteran.
Elsewhere, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Technical Officer Harald Wester has added the role of Chief Operating Officer at Maserati to his responsibilities, as Reid Bigland – Head of U.S. Sales and President/CEO of FCA Canada – picks up the additional role of Head of Ram Brand. Bigland is no stranger to the duties that come with the title, having led FCA’s Ram Trucks brand between 2013 and 2014, during which time Ram sales grew by nearly 50 percent.
Meanwhile, Scott Garberding has been named FCA Chief Manufacturing Officer. Garberding, who previously led FCA’s global Quality team, is a 30-year veteran with FCA, having served in capacities such as leading North American Manufacturing and heading up FCA’s global Purchasing. Garberding’s old role as FCA Global Head of Quality is going to Richard Schwarzwald, who previously led FCA’s Quality group in Latin America, after holding leadership positions at several OEMs and suppliers.
Pietro Gorlier, Global Head of Mopar, retains that role, adding Chief Operating Officer – Europe, Middle East & Africa to his list of responsibilities. Steve Beahm – FCA’s Head of Passenger Car Brands in North America – will take over leading Mopar in the North American market. And finally, Ermanno Ferrari has been made CEO of Magneti Marelli – Fiat Chrysler’s in-house parts business. Ferrari was previously in charge of Magneti Marelli’s lighting division.
“Having been deeply involved in the development of [FCA’s five-year] plan, I can tell you that it was created with the sure knowledge that we have the depth and breadth of talent and skills we need to meet our objective of becoming one of the world’s most profitable automakers,” Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley said today in an email to employees. “One key element in the plan is to ensure that our leadership team is best aligned to our objectives going forward.
“We have an outstanding team here at FCA with extensive experience and an exceptional record of success and I’m pleased today to announce [this] evolution in our leadership roles as we begin to implement our new plan.”