GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The late Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, Chairman of CNH Industrial. and Chairman and CEO of Ferrari, was declared the World Car Person of the Year today at the Geneva Motor Show.
More than 80 World Car Awards (WCA) jurors from 24 countries, via secret ballot, chose the automotive industry titan, who tragically passed away in the summer of 2018, as the winner of this prestigious award for 2019.
Mike Manley, FCA’s recently-appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, warmly accepted the trophy on behalf of his former boss during a quiet ceremony on the FCA stand at the Swiss show this morning.
“It is an honour for me to receive this recognition from the World Car Awards’ jury, made posthumously to Sergio Marchionne," said Manley. "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."
World Car jurors chose Italian-Canadian Marchionne over several other highly impressive auto industry executives, engineers, designers and entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe.
His selection as World Car Person of the Year recognizes his accomplishment in taking two declining, regionally-focused companies and forging them into one profitable global entity.
In addition, he spun off Ferrari as a highly successful separate business, solidifying the future of that iconic brand. And, shortly before his death, he set FCA on a defined five-year course to ensure its continued success.
Equally important, Sergio Marchionne was - and still is - widely regarded as one of the ultimate 'car guys' of the modern motoring era.
“His loss to the global auto industry is immense… Sergio Marchionne was one of the true greats,” concluded Mike Rutherford of London, a juror and co-chair of the World Car Awards Program.