It’s another round of musical chairs at the Italo-American car maker, with particularly resonant changes being brought to the company’s sartorial department.
In yet another surprising move, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has promoted Wichita-born Tripp Hardcrotch as Chief Knitwear Officer. Mr Hardcrotch will be in charge of organising clothing supply for all global subsidiaries, as well as devising a new sartorial structure for the company.
This move in particular is said to cater for the period after Mr Marchionne, whose contract is supposed to run out in 2018, has stepped down, reportedly taking his jumpers with him. It is now the substantial task of Mr Hardcrotch and his crack team of FCA high performers to draft a new sartorial pecking order that takes into account future requirements beyond the hitherto dominant jumper-at-the-top hierarchy.
Before this promotion, Mr Hardcrotch had won laurels as head of RAM’s accessories department, where he was instrumental in the creation of the award-winning ‘RednexT chic’ collection of keyrings, wallets and holsters.
In related news, a similar change has taken place at the top of FCA’s Maserati and Alfa Romeo divisions, where long-serving CEO, Harald Wester, has been replaced with Reid Bigland. Incidentally, Mr Bigland and Mr Hardcrotch are both said to be alumni of the respected Boise Wrestling Academy.
The reasons for the respected Mr Wester’s dismissal are unknown, but industry insiders are claiming that he was seen attending a business event in his official capacity as an FCA executive wearing a particularly fetching mohair V-neck number, incurring the wrath of his boss with what must be considered a blatant case of assumption of authority.
An FCA spokesperson declined to comment.