Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ safety leader will retire from the company after a very tough year in which the company clashed with US regulators and received a record $105-million penalty.
According to the third largest US automaker and seventh biggest in the world, Scott Kunselman will vacate his position as senior vice president of safety and regulatory affairs at the end of next month. He will then move to become the chief operating officer at Oakland University from December. Kunselman has decided to retire from the company it had served for three decades and his departure is clouded by the numerous safety and quality lapses found within the company – and also comes amid a massive management reshuffle within the top ranks. Kunselman was only in the newly established safety position a little over a year – since August 2014 – as the US automaker were intensely scrutinized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration following record recalls and after the agency claimed FCA was moving too slow to address recalls.
This July the NHTSA followed up its scrutiny of FCA with a record $105-million fine for breaching laws in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles. The company also had to admit in an agreement with the US regulators it failed to handle recalls properly, notify customers in a timely manner and didn’t report all the safety information back to the NHTSA. “I want to thank Scott for his leadership and commitment to the Company, where he has served in a variety of executive roles since joining in 1985,” FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement.