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Mike Stevens | Oct, 31 2014 | 4 Comments

Fiat Chrysler has announced that American executive Pat Dougherty will enter as the new chief of its Australian operations from December 1.

Dougherty comes to Fiat Chrysler Australia after more than 30 years of service with the company’s US operations, most recently as the head of Mopar.

Dougherty has also served as Head of Fiat Sales, Network and Operations and, at the same time, Head of Fleet Sales for the North American market.

“Mr Dougherty is one of FCA’s most experienced executives, and will take over this role to secure the growth of the business for this strategically important market,” John Kett, Corporate Vice-President of FCA and General Manager, APAC Operations, said.

“We need to continue our focus on sustainable growth across all of our brands and imperative to this will be the further development of our after-sales business to ensure that FCA is one of the most customer-focussed automotive companies in the market.”

The news follows the resignation of Dougherty's predecessor Veronica Johns, whose departure was confirmed this week.

“Under her leadership, FCA became established as Australia’s fastest growing automotive company after giving new life to the iconic Jeep, Fiat & Alfa Romeo brands while consistently achieving record sales," Mr Kett said.

“Ms. Johns’ leadership transformed FCA into an Aon Hewitt Best Employer for not only highest percentile employee engagement scores but for also delivering outstanding people practices."

Johns worked with FCA Australia for 16 years, including a two-year run in the top spot that saw record sales for the newly joined Fiat and Chrysler stables.

“The massive sales and brand successes that we have achieved over the last four years has been a collaborative effort and everyone should be proud to have contributed to this significant chapter in the company’s history,” Ms Johns said.

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