Cristiano Rattazzi He leaves the presidency of the Fiat-Chrysler companies in Argentina after more than fifty years with the company. From tomorrow, the first business day of July, Martín Zuppi, who has worked for the company for more than 25 years, will take his place.
“Now is the time, with this new company that is being born as a result of the merger of the former FCA and PSA, to let the new generations take the helm and we can continue accompanying from another space, “said Rattazzi in the farewell statement from the automaker.
When speaking of the “new company”, the now former president of Fiat Argentina referred to Stellantis, the new automotive group. “New” because it was consolidated this year (in January it began to be listed on the Paris, Milan and New York Stock Exchanges), and “automotive group” because it is the merger of the PSA and FCA consortiums, which in turn were made up of several manufacturers: Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel Y Vauxhall (PSA); y Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Chrysler, Ram, Jeep Y Dodge (FCA).
The businessman will continue to be linked to Stellantis as a member of the family that, through Exor, it is the main individual shareholder of the group formed after the merger of the companies formerly known as FCA and PSA.
On the side of his mother, Susanna Agnelli, Rattazzi belongs to the family that founded the Italian Automobile Factory of Turin (FIAT) on July 11, 1899. He was born in Argentina, but his parents were Italian and he trained in the European country, where he graduated as a doctor in Economics and Commerce from the Luigi Bocconi Commercial University in Milan (1970). He also has an MBA from Harvard University (1973).
“Fiat is my life. My interest and that of my family “Rattazzi confessed some time ago in an interview with El Cronista. He never escaped the media, where he expressed his political stance and was always in favor of opening up to international markets so that, in his opinion, the Argentine automotive industry could grow.
“Stellantis greatly appreciates his extensive career full of achievements, and wishes Cristiano Rattazzi the greatest success in his new stage, “said the brand new automotive consortium.
In replacement of Cristiano Rattazzi, the chairmanship of the board of the FCA companies in Argentina will be assumed by Martín Zuppi, with more than 25 years in various positions of the company in Argentina and Italy, and current Director of Operations of Fiat, Jeep and RAM. He will report to Antonio Filosa, President of Stellantis for South America.
Zuppi had experience in Italy, where he worked in Commercial Planning for the main European markets in 2002. With extensive experience in Sales and in the Argentine market, in 2018 he assumed the position of Head of Country Argentina. In addition, he has a master’s degree in Management Development from IAE Business School in Argentina.