Fiat Chrysler CHRO to retire in 2021
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced late on Tuesday that Chief Human Resources Officer Linda Knoll will be retiring in 2021, after FCA's merger with Peugeot. The merger is expected to complete by the end of the first quarter of 2021, creating a new group called Stellantis which will be one of the world's largest automakers by revenue. While some of the two companies' senior leadership including Peugeot Chief Executive Carlos Tavares and FCA Chairman John Elkann will reportedly take up positions in the new group, Knoll will leave her executive role.
Knoll has held multiple senior leadership roles with the FCA Group and its predecessor companies since 1994, when she joined the Fiat Group. Before becoming CHRO of FCA, she was Chief Human Resources Officer of CNH Industrial, the umbrella entity of Fiat's non-automotive businesses, for almost 10 years. Prior to joining CNH Industrial, she spent eleven years with the Land Systems Division of General Dynamics Corporation.
She has been a member of FCA's Group Executive Council since its formation in 2011, with responsibilities including reviewing the operating performance of the business, making key strategic decisions and sharing best practices including the development and deployment of key human resources.
Thanking Knoll for her contributions, Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer of FCA, said: "Linda has been pivotal in strengthening our global Human Resources operations and played a fundamental role in our success. On behalf of all FCA employees and the many colleagues with whom she has worked so closely, I want to express our warm thanks to Linda for her dedication, leadership and tireless service to our Company."
Knoll will continue in an advisory role to FCA's holding company, Exor, after her retirement.