Fiat Chrysler shakes up quality, purchasing execs

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is shaking up executives in an effort to better focus and align global quality and purchasing.

The automaker on Tuesday named Scott Garberding its head of global and North American quality. Garberding, 52, was most recently global chief purchasing officer, with direct responsibility for European operations.

Mark Chernoby, 54, had been Fiat Chrysler’s global head of quality since October 2014. He will retain his positions as chief operating officer of product development and head of product portfolio management.

Scott Thiele will succeed Garberding as Fiat Chrysler chief purchasing officer. He also will assume responsibility for the North America purchasing. Thiele, 46, was previously vice president of global product finance. He joined the company in 2007.

Thiele also is appointed to Fiat Chrysler’s Group Executive Council, the company’s highest decision-making body outside of its board of directors. Garberding and Chernoby will remain on the council.

The changes are effective immediately. They also include two North American-based executives moving to Fiat Chrysler subsidiaries.

Matt Liddane, Fiat Chrysler vice president of quality for North America, will lead quality at the automaker’s auto supplier subsidiary Magneti Marelli. Liddane, 53, has been with the company for nearly 30 years.

Thomas Finelli, 45, Fiat Chrysler vice president of purchasing and supplier quality for North America, will head purchasing for Comau Inc., a robotics automation company. He joined the automaker in 1995 as an engineer responsible for truck safety systems.

The executive shake-up is the most significant to the company’s quality department since Fiat Chrysler Chief Quality Officer Doug Betts was replaced by Chernoby and Liddane in October 2014.

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