Sunday, March 29, 2015


Some of my friends have asked me how I do things. A rather silly question. I read. Try it.

This is a gentleman who took 2 companies which were going down hill and turned them around.  His work ethics are superb.  One of the most disciplined people ever.  I think he should become the next president of #Uganda.  The source is Wikipedia where we can all contribute and edit.  I do both.  Watch this, University of Toronto comes up again. I went there and our 17yr old joins it this September 2015. My research and supervisor Dr. Clement made me love that school.  Yes, I posted something about Clement earlier (Identity, Privacy and Security - Computers).

Sergio Marchionne (Italian: [ˈsɛrdʒo marˈkjonne]; born June 17, 1952) is an Italian-Canadian executive widely known for his turnaround of the Italian automotive group Fiat and, more recently, for managing the US automotive group Chrysler from bankruptcy to profitability. Marchionne currently holds several roles of major importance, including serving as CEO of Fiat S.p.A., Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC, and Chairman of CNH Industrial N.V. and its principal subsidiary CNH. He was elected Chairman of theEuropean Automobile Manufacturers Association for 2012 (first elected in January 2006).[1] He is the Chairman of Swiss-based SGSand is on the Board of Directors of cigarette and tobacco producer Philip Morris International,[2] and was a member of the Board of Directors of the global banking group UBS for a number of years up to 2010, appointed Vice Chairman (non-executive) in February 2008.[3] He is also a member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics as well as Chairman of the Italian Branch of the Council for the United States and Italy.
Marchionne is widely recognized for turning around Fiat Group to become one of the fastest growing companies in the auto industry,[4] returning it to profitability in 2006 less than two years after taking the helm.[5] In 2009, he was instrumental in Fiat Group forming a strategic alliance with the ailing US automaker Chrysler, with the support of the US and Canadian governments and trade unions. Less than two years later, following its emergence from Chapter 11, Chrysler returned to profitability (Q1 2011) and repaid all government loans (May 2011). Under Marchionne's leadership, Fiat and Chrysler have come together to create a leading global player in the automobile sector, leveraging the product portfolios, purchasing power and distribution capabilities of both partners.
In addition to returning Italy's number-one industrial group to financial health, Marchionne has also been a major protagonist for change in industrial relations in Italy, with the model established at several group plants precipitating a shift (including legislative) toward the practice of regional and local bargaining over the traditional model of national agreements.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Marchionne was born in ChietiAbruzzo, Italy,[6] the son of Concezio Marchionne, from Cugnoli (also in Abruzzo), and Maria Zuccon from Carnizza (today Krnica, Croatia) nearLabin in Istria. His father served as a carabiniere in Istria, where he met his future wife. Marchionne's grandfather, Giacomo Zuccon, was killed in September 1943 by Yugoslav Partisans near Barban in Istria, while his uncle Giuseppe Zuccon was killed by the Nazis the same year. In 1945, when the region was occupied by the Yugoslav army, Marchionne's parents moved to Chieti in Abruzzo, where Sergio was born.
At age 14, Marchionne emigrated with his family to TorontoCanada, where they had relatives.[7] As a result, he has dual Canadian and Italian citizenship and speaks fluent English and Italian. He is a Canadian Certified General Accountant (FCGA),[8] barrister, and a fellow of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario.


He attended the prestigious St. Michael's College School, before moving on to complete his undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of Toronto and then earning aBachelor of Commerce in 1979 and an MBA in 1985 both from the University of Windsor[9] and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 1983.[10] Sergio received an Honorary Doctor of laws degree from Walsh College in 2013.

Early career[edit]

From 1983 to 1985, he worked as an accountant and tax specialist for Deloitte & Touche in Canada. From 1985 to 1988, he was Group Controller and then Director of Corporate Development at the Lawson Mardon Group in Toronto. In 1989, he moved to Glenex Industries where he worked for two years as Executive Vice President.
From 1990 to 1992, he was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Acklands Ltd. Between 1992 and 1994, he served as Vice President of Legal and Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of the Lawson Group, which was acquired by Alusuisse Lonza (Algroup) in 1994.
From 1994 to 2000, he worked at Algroup (Alusuisse Lonza Group Limited) based in Zurich, where he became Chief Executive Officer in 1997. He then took the helm of the Lonza Group Ltd. in Basel, after its spin-off from Algroup, serving first as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (2000–2001) and then as Chairman (2002).
In February 2002, he became Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SGS S.A. of Geneva where, in March 2006, he was appointed Chairman. Marchionne was elected as an independent member of the Board of Directors of Fiat S.p.A. in May 2003, until being appointed CEO in 2004.


In June 2009, when Chrysler emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Fiat Group received a 20% stake in Chrysler Group LLC and Marchionne was appointed CEO, replacing existing CEO Robert Nardelli.[11] In July 2011, following the purchase of the ownership interests held by Canada and the US Treasury, Fiat’s stake in Chrysler increased to 53.5% and in September 2011, Marchionne was also elected Chairman of Chrysler.

Personality and management style[edit]

He is well known for his unique personality and management style. Marchionne has a preference for dealing directly with managers and other employees and is reported to have been perplexed and even shocked, when he first arrived at Fiat, by the practice of other executives of communicating with each other through their secretaries. Confirming his preference for a more collegial style, at Chrysler his office is located on the fourth floor which is the same floor as the engineering department, as opposed to the top-floor penthouse – now empty – where a chairman and three vice chairmen used to be.
With regard to personal interests, Marchionne is an aficionado of the arts and classical music and often listens to music as he works, keeping a large collection of CDs in his office. In conversation and public addresses, he also frequently quotes artists, musicians, historical figures and politicians. He is multilingual and speaks in a baritone voice. He is a chain smoker,[12] and eschews the traditional suit in favor of green or black pullover sweaters worn on top of a button-down shirt and black slacks. This was parodied in an issue of Car and Driver magazine which showed a spoof Marchionne doll that could be dressed in a variety of outfits, all of which, however, were identical copies of the same outfit.
supercar enthusiast and proficient driver who frequently takes to the track with a FerrariMaserati or other high-performance vehicle manufactured by the group he manages, Marchionne suffered some embarrassment when he wrecked his personal Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano while in his adopted Switzerland in 2007.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Cavaliere del Lavoro – 1 June 2006 [13]
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Windsor (Canada), 15 October 2005
  • Masters honoris causa from the CUOA Foundation (Italy), 30 November 2007
  • Degree in Economics honoris causa from the Università degli Studi di Cassino, 5 October 2007
  • On 27 May 2008, he received a degree ad honorem in Industrial Engineering and Management from Polytechnic University in Turin (Italy) for:
…significant achievement as an international manager and for turning around Italy’s largest industrial group, revitalizing its image and competitive capability around the world
  • Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo (Ohio), 8 May 2011
  • On 5 November 2010, Marchionne was awarded the Premio Pico della Mirandola.[14]


A controversial figure by virtue of his unorthodox management style, in February 2011, Marchionne sparked widespread controversy in the U.S. when he remarked at the J.D. Power & Associates International Automotive Roundtable that Chrysler's bail-out loans from the U.S. government carried "shyster rates".[18] Expressing his discontent with the very high interest rates Chrysler had been obliged to pay, he also drew criticism from several quarters for use of the Yiddish term "shyster" which was felt to have an anti-Semiticovertone.[19]
Marchionne immediately issued a public apology, stating "I regret the remark and consider it inappropriate" and going on to explain that "As the only parties willing to underwrite the risk associated with Chrysler’s recovery plan, the two governments [U.S. and Canadian] levied interest rates that, although appropriate at the time, are above current market conditions."[20]

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