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The Watson Society commemorates FCA's CEO Sergio Marchionne

Sergio Marchionne was born in Chieti in 1952. Having emigrated with his family to Canada at the age of just 14, Sergio Marchionne has always shown a certain passion for studies, obtaining three degrees (in Philosophy, Economics and Law) and a master's degree in Business Administration. His name began to play a role in the international economic and financial arena in 2002, when he was appointed Managing Director of SGS Geneva, a world leader in inspection, verification and certification services, with a group of 55,000 employees worldwide.

Sergio Marchionne became managing director of the Fiat group on June 1, 2004, after serving on the Board of Directors upon the appointment of Umberto Agnelli. He is credited with having transformed the company into one of the world's largest giants in the automotive industry. Inventiveness, strategy and the right moves. Thus, Ferrari's former president managed to rehabilitate a company that was in serious crisis, taking it to the top of its history. A turning point made possible thanks to the alliance with Chrysler, hit by the crisis in 2009. In the following years, Marchionne succeeded in relaunching the American giant, completing the merger between the two companies in 2014.

In the same year as he founded the FCA, Marchionne replaced Luca Cordero di Montezemolo as President of Ferrari. Sergio Marchionne arrived at the Scuderia in Maranello after the disappointing year of 2014 that never saw the Reds cross the finish line first. Only 2 podiums. Again, his intervention was revolutionary. Under his presidency, the Reds have achieved 12 victories in the GP and from 2015, his first season at the head of the team in Maranello, are 60 total podiums. He was the seventh president of Ferrari, succeeding, after even stormy beating and response, on the occasion of the Grand Prize of Italy, in Montezemolo. A heavy legacy, considering, the 14 titles, between pilots and builders, won in 23 years, by his predecessor. Numbers that have never frightened him: after all, Sergio Marchionne has always loved the most difficult challenges.

The Watson Society President Carmelo Cutuli with FCA's CEO Sergio Marchionne, the photo was shot in October 2008 in Chicago

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