Fiat Chrysler names regulatory compliance exec

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Wednesday appointed longtime Chrysler executive Mark Chernoby to lead its regulatory compliance programs.

Chernoby, 55, most recently head of product portfolio management and chief operating officer for engineering and development, was named to the newly created position of FCA chief technical compliance officer. He will oversee all regulatory compliance programs in the company’s four operating regions, in terms of safety and emissions including CAFE compliance in the United States.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne in a statement stressed the ever-changing global regulatory environment “has made the creation of this role a necessity.”

“While FCA strives to carry out its technical development with the greatest respect for and adherence to standards, the central coordination and oversight of internal checks and conformity activities under a senior executive is expected to substantially reduce the risk of non-compliance events and promote uniformity of approach in all of our operating regions,” he said in a statement.

Since joining Chrysler Corp. in 1985 as a powertrain engineer, Chernoby has held several high-ranking positions, including FCA US senior vice president of engineering and head of quality. This is at least his third position since October 2014. It’s not immediately clear if Chernoby will retain his most recent positions. The company did not name replacements.

When fully functional, Fiat Chrysler said the technical compliance office will be responsible for evaluation and approval of all new product development initiatives and any changes in the technical standards, including emissions for products currently in production.

Chernoby will continue to report to Marchionne and remain a member of the FCA Group Executive Council, the top decision-making body outside of the automaker’s board of directors.

The appointment comes two days after regulators say automakers may not reach a fleet-wide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, as specified in a 2012 fuel economy rule adopted by President Barack Obama’s administration.

The new CAFE rules are beginning to take effect with the 2017 model year. They call for ramping up from the current fleet-wide average of about 34 miles per gallon for cars and trucks that were required in 2016 to the eventual goal of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

The increase, which some automakers have said might be too ambitious, starts with a rise to an average of more than 35 miles per gallon for the 2017 models that already are being rolled out.

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