The late Sergio Marchionne wins World Car Person of the Year

<I>Image: AFP / Geoff Robins</I>
<I>Image: AFP / Geoff Robins</I>
Geoff Robins

More than 80 World Car Awards (WCA) jurors from 24 countries collectively decided by secret ballot that the automotive industry titan, Sergio Marchionne, who tragically passed away in the winter of 2018, should be declared the winner of the prestigious World Car Person of the Year award presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

At the time of his passing in July, Marchionne was CEO, FCA; chairman, CNH Industrial; and chairman and CEO at Ferrari.

On the FCA stand at the Swiss show, Mike Manley, FCA’s recently-appointed president and chief executive officer, warmly received the trophy on behalf of his former boss. 

He said: “It is an honour for me to receive this recognition from the WCA’s 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."

'Profitable global entities'

World Car jurors voted for Italian-Canadian Marchionne over several other hugely impressive motor industry executives, engineers, designers and entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe.

His prestigious World Car Person of the Year award recognizes his accomplishment in taking two declining, regionally-focused companies and forging them into one profitable global entity.

READ: 'Sergio Marchionne's death hurt Ferrari morale'

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.

The WCA commented: “Equally important, 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. The car business needs talented, charismatic, game-changing individuals like Marchionne - one of the true greats.”

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