The World Car Awards jury has named Sergio Marchionne the 2019 World Car Person of the Year, along with announcing the final shortlists for the multiple categories for the 2019 World Car Awards.
By the time of his passing in July, Marchionne had completed a 14-year stint at FCA beginning with joining Fiat as a board member in 2003 and ending in 2018 when health complications forced him out of his role as the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ferrari. The award was received on his behalf by current FCA President and CEO Mike Manley.
Speaking at the Geneva motor show, Mike Manley, FCA’s President and CEO, said, “It is an honour 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.”
The jury said that the award recognised Marchionne’s accomplishments in bringing together Fiat and Chrysler and turning the two brands into a profitable single global entity, along with his success in turning Ferrari into a highly successful separate global entity.
The 86 member jury voted Marchionne over several other industry executives, engineers, designers and entrepreneurs from the automotive industry from across the globe.