Sergio Marchionne Named World Car Person Of The Year

The late Sergio Marchionne has been named World Car Person of the Year after a secret ballout from more than 80 World Car Awards jurors from 24 countries.

Jurors selected Marchionne over a host of other executives, designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs from the automotive industry. The award pays particular recognition to Marchionne’s decision to bring Fiat and Chrysler together to form one of the world’s largest car manufacturers.

Alongside his success in turning around Fiat and Chrysler, Marchionne was the man behind the decision to spin-off Ferrari as a separate business and list it on the stock exchange.

Current FCA president and chief executive Mike Manley accepted the award on behalf of his former boss at the Geneva Motor Show.

“It is an honor for me to receive this recognition from the World Car Awards’ jury, made posthumously to Sergio Marchionne. He was not one for pomp or fuss, preferring instead duty to the company he led for 14 years and the nurturing of a leadership team to take his legacy forward. I accept this award in this spirit and with thanks,” Manley said.

Sergio Marchionne tragically passed away in late July 2018 following complications from a shoulder surgery. Shortly after his death, it emerged that Marchionne had been fighting a serious disease for more than 12 months but no one at FCA knew.

During Marchionne’s long career at the helm of Fiat and late at FCA, he helped the Jeep and Ram brands flourish and recently set in motion a new five-year plan for the company. He was also ahead of the curve in predicting the shift of consumer sentiment away from cars and towards crossovers and SUVs.

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  • Merc1

    Okay, weird.

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    • Six_Tymes

      Yes, you are.

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  • Mr. EP9

    But didn’t he die like last year, though? How does that even……Ah, screw it.

    • ZYGIUS

      Hes died, so he now the best, sounds strange. When he still was here, he was the worst…

      • exeptor

        This is the modern world, just use to it and you will live happier.

  • Really?
    Did they forgot what happen to fiat, lancia and Chrysler.

  • this is wrong. If you wanted a CEO, while Sergio was killing Chrysler, Lancia. Carlos Tavares Just saved PSA, bought Opel/Vauxhall to GM and made it profitable in a year what GM could never do.

    • exeptor

      It is explained bellow how ot works. We might not like it but no one ask us.

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  • Alexandro Pietro

    Assassinated by / with cancer!!!

  • EM1

    The award should go to his wife and family, not Manley.

    • Charlie

      Marchionne spent WAY more time with Manley than he EVER spent with his estranged family. He was a workaholic’s workaholic. Look what it got him…some BS “award” and an early death. RIP.

  • europeon

    I love the hypocrisy in the comment section.
    When he died, I got my post deleted and (probably) nearly got banned after a mob of angry virtue signalling busybodies reported me after I said it’s a good thing, as this man was nothing but an imposter that destroyed the image of some iconic brands, yet not… everyone seems to agree with me.

    • Jarosław Kotowicz

      There is a huge difference between saying that he destroyed some brands (and he dont deserve the award) and saying that it’s good that he is dead. The difference that you till now dont understand and the reason for displeasure with your comments.

      • europeon

        Yes, it is a huge difference, indeed.
        Those brands are special, unlike one of the eight billion humans living on this planet.

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