Jeep's New President Comes From A Very Unlikely Place

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Another major industry defection has happened.

Fiat Chrysler has been shaking up its senior leadership over the past year since Sergio Marchionne left the company (and this world) last summer. And now it's added a new name to its roster.

Effective immediately, the Jeep brand will be presided over by Christian Meunier – not only in America, but around the world as its new global president. But while he may be a new addition to FCA's leadership, he's hardly a newcomer to the industry, serving until now as head chairman and global president of Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division.

"I'm excited to join the team at FCA. The company is one I've admired from afar and Jeep is a brand that anyone would be privileged to be a part of,” said Meunier on the occasion of his appointment.

"I am delighted to add Christian to the leadership team we're building to drive FCA forward,” added Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley, who previously managed the Jeep brand. "He brings additional world-class strength and experience to an already proven bench, and I look forward to the continuation of the Jeep brand's growth under his stewardship."

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Meunier has only been in the big office at Infiniti for a few months now, having taken over from Roland Krueger, who left to join Dyson in January. Meunier was a long-time Nissan man, however, having started with the company in 2002 – first as European sales and marketing manager, before going on to hold other posts around the Americas (including the United States, Canada, and Brazil). His departure will mean Infiniti will need a new top exec. In the meantime Nissan's chief quality officer Christian Vandenhende will oversee the brand, with Mike Colleran staying in his post as global vice president and deputy chairman.

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