Fiat Chrysler boss takes 50pc temporary pay cut to protect company

ROME (AFP) – Fiat Chrysler chief executive Mike Manley will take a 50 per cent pay cut for three months as part of efforts to protect the company’s financial health during the coronavirus pandemic.

The head of the Italian-American automaker made the announcement in a letter to employees obtained yesterday by AFP.

The company’s annual report put Manley’s base salary at USD1.4 million and his total remuneration – including retirement benefits and incentives – at USD13.2 million.

“Protecting the financial health of the company is everyone’s responsibility and naturally starts with myself and the leadership of FCA,” the letter said.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Chairman John Elkann and members of the company’s board of directors were giving up their “remaining 2020 compensation”, it added.

Some other executives were reducing their wages by 30 per cent for three months.

The letter also says that “most global employees” will be asked to accept a temporary 20 per cent pay cut “as part of this shared sacrifice”.

Manley said the decision to cut pay was taken “to avoid the layoff of any permanent employees for the coming quarter”.

Fiat Chrysler has suspended operations across the United States and Europe because of the pandemic.

Massive global disruptions caused by the virus have cast doubt over Fiat Chrysler’s pending merger with Peugeot and Citroen’s PSA Group.

The letter to employees did not directly refer to the deal or say when the company’s production might resume.

“We are both reinforcing our access to capital and being laser focussed on every project, programme and expense – removing and postponing non-critical activities,” the letter said.

Fiat Chrysler has suspended operations across the United States and Europe because of the pandemic. PHOTO: AFP