31.07.2008 HARALD WESTER ADDS MASERATI TO HIS FIAT GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES

HARALD J WESTER

As of 1 August, Harald J. Wester will take on the office of Chief Executive Officer of Maserati, in replacement of Roberto Ronchi who leaves the Group at his own request.

As of 1 August, Harald J. Wester will take on the office of Chief Executive Officer of Maserati, in replacement of Roberto Ronchi who leaves the Group at his own request. Mr. Wester will maintain his current positions as Chief Technical Officer of Fiat Group and Fiat Group Automobiles.

The Chief Executive of Fiat Group, Sergio Marchionne, said: "Harald J. Wester, who has demonstrated great commitment and skill, will bring strong leadership abilities together with immense technical experience and knowledge to Maserati. I would like to thank Roberto Ronchi, both personally and on behalf of the company, for the great intelligence and team spirit with which he contributed to the relaunch and development of the Maserati brand, which is now achieving exceptional results, both commercially and financially. I extend my best wishes to Roberto Ronchi for his personal and professional future."

Harald J. Wester was born in Linz am Rhein (Germany) on 26 February 1958 and obtained a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Braunschweig University in 1986.

Mr. Wester started his professional career at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, where he was General Manager of the Vehicle Research & New Concepts department from 1991 to 1995. Later that year, he joined Audi AG in Ingolstadt where he became Program Manager for the A2 models and Special Vehicles, a position that he held until January 1999. Subsequently, he joined Ferrari S.p.A. as Director of Product Development, where he remained until January 2002. Mr. Wester was then hired by Magna Steyr AG as Group President Engineering and Chief Technical Officer (Research, Development and Technologies).  In 2004, he joined the Fiat Group where he took on the role of Chief Technical Officer of Fiat Group and Fiat Group Automobiles.
 

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