“Unfortunately, what we feared has happened: Sergio, the man and his friend, is gone.” With these words on July 25, 2018 John Elkann announced the death of Sergio Marchionne. The then CEO of FCA, the leader who first ferried Fiat and then the new group through turbulent and difficult years, was gone. Three years after the death of one of the most influential managers of recent years, included in the Forbes top 100 in 2011, almost no one has paid him a tribute. Neither for the man nor for the CEO that he was.
Fiat, the Turin that once was and now no longer exists
Today Fiat is no longer part of the alliance with Chrysler but one of the brands of the Stellantis constellation, the merger which was consummated at the beginning of 2021 and which is led by Carlos Tavares, with John Elkann in the role of president. The new group looks to the future with great attention, focusing everything on electrification and trying to put the endothermic past behind it without however wanting to lose the DNA of its brands. On the other hand, men pass by while the brands remain on the road, in the most disparate forms. This may be why almost no one has remembered the anniversary of Sergio Marchionne’s death. It ticked Lapo Elkann’s only Twitter post, who wanted to say a few words for the manager originally from Chieti: “It’s been 3 years since Sergio Marchionne passed away. It is an HONOR to have known him. He had the strength to challenge immobility, to bring a global vision to the province, without ever forgetting his pride in the country he loved most.. Thanks Sergio. “
Farewell to the last piece of Fiat in the center of Turin
Loved, controversial, admired, hated. Sergio Marchionne was undoubtedly a courageous and far-sighted leader, who made choices, sometimes unpopular, which allowed the company he led to survive. Like everyone else, he may have made mistakes but he knew how to sacrifice, defending his choices even when no one at the top was convinced. “All of the 300,000 people at Fiat Chrysler watch their leaders uninterruptedly – Marchionne said – The leader must be honest in his work for the best of the company and must be an example, always. If you cheat on them once, you’re done. You have lost the confidence you inspire. As CEO, I have only two rights: to choose the leaders to work with and the values that guide the company. “