Boss inherits court action

Patrick Dougherty’s spell as president and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia is coming to an early end.

Steve Zanlunghi, the new chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Australia

Steve Zanlunghi, the new chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Australia

The man who took on the Australian operations just before Christmas 2014, and allegedly uncovered wide-scale irregularities, will be moving on to head FCA’s China operations as of September 1.

This means he will not be around for the start of the legal action he launched against the company’s former managing director, Clyde Campbell, over the alleged misappropriation of more than $30 million of the company’s money.

At the same time, most of those allegations against Campbell appear to have been dropped after FCA decided to follow the money and chase a company that provided website services. FCA is hoping to recoup around $2.4m that the web company allegedly paid to Campbell.

The person who will inherit the FCA controversy in Australia was until last week the head of Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep brand across Europe and the Middle East, Steve Zanlunghi.