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Auburn Hills, MI—July 25, 2018--The City of Auburn Hills is saddened to learn of the passing of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne. As the largest employer in the city with its landmark building and substantial economic influence both locally and globally, the Auburn Hills community recognizes the impact that Mr. Marchionne’s leadership had on the company and the greater business community.

“To everyone at FCA, I want to express my heartfelt expression of sympathy on behalf of the city council, our staff, and our citizens”, said Mayor Kevin McDaniel. “I have had the privilege of becoming acquainted with a number of members of the executive leadership team at FCA. They are clearly dedicated to the corporation and to their hometown of Auburn Hills and will no doubt be impacted personally and professionally by Mr. Marchionne’s passing”, McDaniel added.

In 2009, amidst the turmoil of the great recession, Sergio Marchionne arose to provide great hope as automakers Fiat and Chrysler joined together and named Marchionne as Chairman and CEO. From the perspective of the city leadership in Auburn Hills, this provided a calming effect for those who recognized the uncertainty of the future of Chrysler and its affiliated name brands. It goes without saying that the direction provided by Mr. Marchionne has taken the company to where it is today; innovative and thriving.

“At the age of 66, Mr. Marchionne’s passing is certainly untimely”, said Mayor McDaniel. “Having worked this hard and having accomplished so much makes his passing particularly difficult to accept. His family, along with the entire FCA family, will remain in our thoughts and prayers”.

About Auburn Hills
The City of Auburn Hills is a distinguished leader in southeast Michigan. Home to approximately 23,000 residents, as well as a workday population of approximately 100,000, Auburn Hills continues to be a thriving global business address. It is home to over 70 international corporations and hosts the World and North American headquarters for numerous outstanding businesses such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Continental Automotive Systems, Faurecia, and BorgWarner. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, which provides a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors.