Sergio Marchionne, Former FCA CEO, Dies At Age 66

Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has passed away following complications from a shoulder surgery.

The announcement was made by FCA Chairman John Elkann: “Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone.”

Sergio Marchionne, age 66, had recently undergone shoulder surgery at a hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. His condition aggravated and forced him to step down from the helm of FCA and Ferrari. His duties within the Group were passed on to Jeep and Ram boss Mike Manley.

In his last public appearance, on June 26, the former FCA chief presented a new Jeep Wrangler to Italy’s Carabinieri, a military force charged with police duties. Marchionne appeared to be fatigued and lethargic, struggling to keep a speech at the event.

A true workaholic who constantly traveled the world as the main man over at FCA, Sergio Marchionne was a heavy smoker and espresso drinker until 2017, when he quit both. He was also looking to retire in April 2019, after seeing the 2014-2018 business plan end.

Born in 1952 in Italy, Sergio Marchionne was recognized for turning around the Fiat Group, and being one of the key persons behind the alliance formed with Chrysler. He was elected as an independent member of Fiat’s Board of Directors in 2003, and one year later, he was appointed CEO.

Marchionne became the CEO of Chrysler in 2009, when the North American giant emerged from bankruptcy protection. That’s when the Fiat Group received a 20 percent stake in Chrysler, and two years later, the Italian company’s stake increased to 53.5 percent.

Chrysler and Fiat merged in 2014, under Marchionne’s leadership.

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  • europeon

    Good riddance!
    I hope he’ll go down in history like “the butcher” or “the killer” after what he’s done to Lancia, Chrysler, Maserati, Alfa and Fiat.

    • Trocadero

      Disgraceful comment

    • Matthew Daraei

      Wow, how do we humans reach this point to say these things!

      Do you like someone tell you this when your father passes away?

      • europeon

        What things? That I don’t care for him as a human, but I care about what he’s done to the brands I mentioned above?

        As for the last part of your comment, I wouldn’t care about what others think, my relationship with the ones close to me is personal, I don’t need validation from other random people. Htiler had family and close friends that grieved, yet nobody cares.

        Matter of perspective, stop trying to impose your views on other people.

        • Matthew Daraei

          I don’t try to impose my views! But your comment was horrible.

        • pxsupply

          With a disgraceful comment like that you are the definition of an asshole. Shame on you

          • Patrick Henry

            “How dare you!” is a very poor argument and a form of ad hominem.

        • MultiKdizzle

          All you do, more than anyone on this website’s comment section, is impose your ridiculous views upon others.

        • designer_dick

          “Stop trying to impose your views on other people” – THAT’S LITERALLY ALL YOU DO, in between childish attempts to insult the intelligence of those who don’t agree with you. Also, comparing a man who ran a car company to a fascist psychopath responsible for the deaths of millions? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0fc37df0394bdb6bbaf78ed6708943e66f8f9c8e2becc4e9a72e7686b73b57d6.gif

        • Brent Morrison

          I didn’t see your original comment but i was going to point out that he killed iconic American brands like Chrysler

          • Big Black Duck

            but ultimately they are just cars..

        • Taegon Lewis

          I (also) didn’t get to see your original comment; but, knowing all the hate and disgust, you’re getting… It’s best, I didn’t see it. Better yet; I was early, to call you out, on how disgusting/disrespectful it was.

          Disrespecting the man, who (almost; don’t forget about Lancia & other brands…) saved most of Fiat & Chrysler’s brands; how do you even consider yourself, a human? You don’t deserve to comment, in this website/social platform, anymore; if, you’re going to continue to be a disgusting, cynical excuse, of any physical being. I don’t even want to talk to you, at this moment; anymore. You’re that horrible. I hope, you don’t ever respond, in these types of articles; again.

          Also; “stop trying to impose your views on other people”? That is the worst excuse, I’ve ever heard in an argument, YOU’VE put on yourself. Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

          • Matthew Daraei

            The original comment, was along the lines, of him (Europeon) calling Marchionne, a butcher, because he killed many car brands. He also said “good riddance” for his death.

          • Taegon Lewis

            Well, I’m hoping Europeon gets a lot of retribution against him, for his lack of humanity.

            Sure, Marchionne had many rash decisions, in FCA; but, comparing him to a mass-murdering fascist and disrespecting his passing, is pathetic and despicable.

            I’m hoping for Europeon, not to respond in any of these articles, anymore (nor, be in any type of automotive news site, or social platform); if, he’s going to continue, to be a cynical, disgusting cretin.

          • europeon

            I compared him to what? What are you even talking about?
            You got all that from me saying “Good riddance! I hope he will go down in history as “the killer” or “the butcher” for what he has done to Chrysler and Lancia”? Oh wait… you didn’t even seen my comment, yet you assume… The moral busybody in you…

          • Stephen G

            Don’t get so upset. I’m a through and through Chrysler guy and I didn’t care for this man myself strictly because of the condition he left the Chrysler brand. I didn’t know him personally. I think he sucked the life out of Chrysler to prop-up Fiat/Alfa/Maserati. Kind of like what vampires do. All these aholes are crying because he’s dead but I’m sure none of them wrote him a letter to tell him to stop smoking, go on a diet, get some exercise or take some time off like what you’d say to someone you truly cared about. Condolences to the family.

          • Patrick Henry

            Winner comment here. It’s amazing the airs people will put on to create a positive public image with minimal investment. I have seen people spit on someone and then cry over them and claim they were trying to help after they committed suicide. The people who have the ‘audacity’ to speak their mind in these situations have a higher moral standing than people going through the motions of social norms and making morality into a scapegoat for their posturing.

    • Tinky-Winky

      reported

      • AntBee

        Why? Europeon was on topic. He is entitled to his opinion, just as we all are. Just because I am coming to his defense, does not mean I condone what and how he expressed himself. I am just puzzled as to why you felt the need to report his comment.

        • europeon

          They’re just a bunch of virtue signalling moral busybodies.
          My life was personally affected by his management, Alfa (and Maserati) were in a state of limbo for the last decade, and I was forced to buy cars from other manufactures in that period. That’s hard for an Alfisti, but people that think they redeem themselves by mourning a person that they never met and taking an (aggressive) stance against anyone that has a different opinion.
          “Funny how we don’t respect life, but we celebrate death” – it was a quote I’ve seen in some series recently, and it’s oh so fitting here.

          • Phil

            “My life was personally affected by his management … I was forced to buy cars from other manufactures”

            I hope sometime soon you have some actual hardship to deal with that helps you put this absolutely idiotic statement in perspective. Welcoming a man’s death because you had to look at a different type of car is a new level of first world problems. As one Alfisti to another, you’re a choad.

          • europeon

            Look, another insulting comment because I had an opinion. You PC/SJW crowd have a way with the double standards like noone else.

          • Patrick Henry

            I know someone who was laid off because of him. Now you will say I am emotionally invested to justify your emotional reasoning.

          • Patrick Henry

            Next time I am in Europe, we should go to a pub together.

    • ChrisInIL

      Thank you for serving as an example of “the wrong way to think, and the wrong way to look at the world”.

    • Big Black Duck

      you are the disgrace…he saved the Italian brands you moron..i have been to Italy and Hard work is not in their nature….

      • Status

        He saved Lancia?

      • Patrick Henry

        Racist.

    • Michelin

      Shame !!! It’s easy to criticize a task as hard as Sergio’s labors.
      But ha was a bold man. Good bye, Sergio !!!

    • ch2856

      You are talking about objects, he was a person with family and friends, what a disgraceful comment.

      • Patrick Henry

        The voracity at which you people unequally apply standards is irksome and indicative of reactive emotion rather than anything that can be draped in the title of reason.

  • Blastam

    Condolences to the family and close ones. Many of us had differences of opinion but his death at 66 is still tragic.

  • Dennis James

    I would like to thank him for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

    • Big Black Duck

      and all variations of the challenger

    • Brent Morrison

      They’re all terrible cars

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        both

      • Big Black Duck

        just like your genetic makeup

        • Brent Morrison

          I got it from your mom

      • baofe

        That may be but I’m glad they exist. More competition in the segment is always a plus. Quality is improving among lesser car brands. Just look at Hyundai 10 years ago to now. FCA really needed to build new models for the Dodge brand but criticizing Alfa for coming out with new fresh ideas like the Quadrifoglio is really the wrong way of looking at things.

  • Frase

    Um, wow, I didn’t expect that to happen. Then again, he’d only quit smoking a year ago, so something had to give at some point. It’s so weird though to think of his era ending. Sergio had been apart of the Fiat/Ferrari empire for so long and, in spite of his missteps and mistakes the last few years (i.e. Lancia’s and Chrysler’s shrinking, Alfa’s lack of growth) he did play a hand in bringing Ferrari back to prominence both on the road and on the track as well as turning Jeep into a powerhouse and as much as some will feel glad he’s gone (which is kinda a low blow guys…) I can’t help but say my condolences to his family and friends.
    Admittedly, I never knew the man, or know of how he behaved, or how people around him thought of him, but I do feel a sense of underlying gratitude for the achievements he had made. Ferrari is looking better than ever, Alfa is slowly on the rise, Maserati might have a bright future after all and for that I must thank him and those who worked for and towards it.

    Riposa in pace, Signor Marchionne. It’s corny, I know, but I feel like it had to be said.

    • Big Black Duck

      Hear Hear!

  • ErnieB

    Quit smoking and coffee then has a routine shoulder surgery and kicks the bucket.. that really sucks! Life is short and your expiration date is unknown.. live motherfkers!

    Anyhow, RIP …

    • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

      hahau i was thinkin the samething

    • Brent Morrison

      Ban cigs and coffee now

    • Brent Morrison

      B a n cigarettes and espressos

    • Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste

      The press reports he went to surgery for an undisclosed sarcoma. The shoulder thing was a coverup; to protect the value of stock, I assume.

    • S3XY

      His expiration date seemed accelerated based on his previous habits. RIP.

  • pxsupply

    An era is over. Rest in peace Sergio! Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.

  • He must had some other condition/health problem because you don’t normally die from shoulder surgery.

    • danno

      Blood clot is what I’m thinking.
      RIP Sergio.

  • Jason Panamera

    When you quit rapidly smoking for long yeras it causes body shock and sometimes it is better to stay.

  • Kevin F1

    Thanks for saving Alfa Romeo man. Most will be glad you’re gone, but I’m not. Rest in peace.

  • Nick099

    RIP.

  • Infinite1

    Despite what you may think of anyone, t’s still a sad day when a life is lost. Condolences to his family and friends, rest in peace.

  • Hoe

    Personally, RIP, condolences to family and friends.
    From a business point of view, I hope FCA will find a new leader able to bring the group to success, it really needs it..

  • History will remark that his acquisition of the Jeep and Dodge brands was brilliant and is what saved Fiat Group. RIP

    • Brent Morrison

      He killed Chrysler though

      • Chrysler was on its way out. Only really valuable divisions were Dodge and Jeep.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Ram and Jeep, you mean. No real value in Dodge.

  • Karl

    Sad day indeed, R.I.P Mr. Marchionne! May your family and friends find comfort and solace in your memory.

    • OdysseyTag

      Well said

  • CJKnox

    Very sad news, prayers are with his family and all the employees that knew and loved him!

  • Dennis Scipio

    I don’t know what to say other than Rest in Peace, Sergio. This is certainly shocking for sure.

  • TheBelltower

    RIP. Not a good way to go.

  • Nordschleife

    My condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Oops

    RIP 😢

  • Ilbirs

    Sad to see him going that way. I wish the best for his soul and beloved ones.

  • john1168

    Very sad. RIP Sergio 🙁

  • RIP Sergio, I extend my condolences to the family that he left behind.

  • Brent Morrison

    More like elons coops …

  • Brent Morrison

    Cars coops is very f a k e news

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Ouch! Live each day as if it’s your last because one day it will be.

  • Merc1

    Unbelievably sad man. He goes in for shoulder surgery and this happens. I didn’t agree with everything he did, but he will be missed as a mover and shaker in the industry and to his family as a father, husband etc.

    M

  • Blanka Li

    Dammit, dammit, dammit. Was really hoping he’d pull through..

  • Bo Hanan

    Triste (Italian for sad).

  • Six_Tymes

    So sad. Condolences to his family and friends. “complications from a shoulder surgery.” that is messed up. that is also why I try to never go to doctors unless i have to.

  • Taegon Lewis

    Rest in peace, Sergio. You’ve done a good (well, some-what decent…) job, for saving most of Fiat & Chrysler’s brands. Despite, continuing to ignore Lancia and killing off the Chrysler brand; but, I digress. I’m not going to be disrespectful towards the deceased; compared to others. (Hint hint.)

    Yet; I kinda don’t believe that, the surgery complications was the one that killed him. I’m thinking, it’s a cover-up for something worse; like, cancer. That’s what Kachuks (one of the commenters) mentioned, in the comments.

    Plus, congrats for him quitting smoking and drinking coffee; before, the untimely passing.

  • Mr. EP9

    RIP Sergio.

    I may not have liked the man’s decisions but still, that’s really sad to hear.

  • Vassilis

    Shame…

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    I may have had issues with Sergio and stuff going on with him for quite some time now, but he really did not deserve to die at all…

    My condolences goes to him and his family and friends. R.I.P. 🙁

  • charlotteharry57

    The shoulder surgery was not shoulder surgery at all. He had a massive sarcoma inside, near his shoulder and kept it private. THAT’S why he gave up smoking. Still, he was too young for this.

  • Matthew Daraei

    The main comment was from Eurpeon. He called him butcher, because he cut many cars out of production. And he said “good riddance”.

    • Bo Hanan

      Not a disgraceful comment at all. Sergio actually did do this.

      • Big Black Duck

        but they are just inanimate cars and brands…if he butchered and cut people I understand

      • LeStori

        Yes he weeded out unsaleable cars and directed the company towrds making profitable SUVs. Ford has since followed suit. Two bankrupt companies resurrected form the dead. Too many people living in the past.

    • Patrick Henry

      But he did. He killed Lancia. Absolute travesty.
      I dislike this tendency to absolve people of everything they have done wrong simply because they died. Are we to absolve Mao and Pol Pot now too? They died, how dare you impugn upon their families you troglodyte.

  • Ludmil Kushinov

    Great manager, probably one of his dream come true, to see Alfa Romeo to compete BWM, Audi and Mercedes! Rest in peace Sergio! FCA will never find somebody that will do so much for that troubled company!

  • EM1

    This is really sad news. If you’re a real person, you simply don’t bring your own feelings or anger against someone who just finished their life. He did many great things I can never dream of. RIP Mr. Marchionne.

  • S3XY

    Didn’t expect that. My Dad had an Abarth few years back in HS. Picked and dropped me off for Grad pictures and I felt embarrassed in it since I was still socially awkward and mentally developing. Year later, snapped out of that phase and learned to drive stick in it. Then I wanted to drive it all the time and eventually wanted my own but my Dad got rid of it and got a Volt. Fun little car. Electric version is pretty good too

    R.I.P.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Although many of us did not agree on his recent ideas, little did we know what this man was going through. Personally I’d say that he has lived such a fantastic life with him being the CEO of FCA, and if I were about to expire being a CEO of an automotive company, I’d die happily, knowing that I had lived such a successful life. May the man Rest In Peace, and may he enjoy driving the Ferraris and Vipers in paradise!

  • Tinky-Winky

    The first words of his comment were “good riddance” which is just a blatant personal insult. No one’s attacking or trying to silence this commentator for his opinion on Marchionne’s legacy regarding FCA.

    • europeon

      Blatant personal insult… to you? I’m sorry, but what is your personal connection to marchionne if I might ask?

      • Tinky-Winky

        I’m surprised you still have audacity to “show your face” here. And no, not to me. A personal insult to Marchionne and his closest relatives.

        • europeon

          So, my audacity of having a different opinion aside, I’m supposed to be a hypocrite and join the “RIP” crowd even if I don’t think or feel that? Also, I’m sure they read this comment section and they were deeply offended by a random person on the Internet voicing a critical opinion.

          • Tinky-Winky

            You don’t have an obligation to write anything here if you don’t feel like “joining the RIP crowd”, especially if all you have to say is insult someone. It doesn’t matter whether the victim reads it or not, it’s still a publicized comment and if comments turn from just expressing opinions to verbal abuse, then the web page owners are the first ones to be taken legal action against. Therefore, if we want to keep reading and commenting news here, we have to take quick action against comments like yours.

          • europeon

            You’re a very intolerant and a very delusional person. But, rest assured, if legal action will be taken for expressing ones opinion, I guarantee you I’ll pay all the legal fees. And win. I’m good for it.
            But you know, it’s more likely for me to take legal action because all the (real) insults other threw at me in the past few hours. I’m sure you feel compelled now to do something about them as well.

          • alexxx

            Its not a place nor a time(especially time) to critisize his work…man just died… No legal victories would make you right at this point… Being a human in this moment is more important then what he did to cars…they are just cars,and he did lots od good work also…

          • Patrick Henry

            So you are defacto supporting litigious censorship out of fear? Cowardly.

  • Paul

    He was very instrumental in the rebirth of Chrysler&Co. My condolences to his family and associates he passed way to early in life.

  • MarkoS

    RIP Sergio!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Didn’t agree with a lot of his decisions but sad to see the man go like this. RIP.

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