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Fiat announces senior management changes

Fiat deputy managing director Karl Howkins

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd has announced a major restructuring of its senior management team.

Deputy managing director Karl Howkins (pictured) will head up a simpler structure, with two country directors managing the Fiat/Abarth, and Jeep/Alfa Romeo marques.

Elena Bernardelli will oversee retail sales and marketing for the Fiat and Abarth brands. Bernardelli has extensive experience in these areas – particularly the Fiat brand where she has previously been marketing director.

Damien Dally will oversee retail sales and marketing for the Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands. He has previously headed up Alfa Romeo but has most recently been Brand Manager, Jeep.

Sebastiano Fedrigo continues as country director, Fiat Professional UK, responsible for all the business activities of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK's award-winning commercial vehicle division.

Gerry Clarke continues as country director, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Ireland, responsible for the group’s activities in the market, while Francis Bleasdale remains director of fleet and remarketing, responsible for all FCA brands.

Andy Rowe has been appointed director of network development, responsible for FCA dealers across the UK and Ireland.

Howkins said: “I’m delighted that the new structure of the company is now aligned with the needs of both our customers and dealer partners.

“We now have the right people in place, with great teams in support, totally focused on the growth of FCA in the UK and Ireland.

“With an exciting and growing range of cars and vans, and with even more new models on their way, I am totally confident in achieving our goals.”

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