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Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

United States

Harald J. Wester

Harald Wester was appointed Chief Technical Officer and Head of Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Maserati and named a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) on September 1, 2011.

He was appointed Chief Technical Officer for Fiat Group in September 2007. In addition to this role, in August 2008 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Maserati S.p.A., in January 2009 Chief Executive Officer of Abarth & C. S.p.A and in January 2010 Chief Executive Officer of Alfa Romeo Automobiles.

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 & Special Vehicles, a position that he held until January 1999.

Subsequently, he joined Ferrari S.p.A. at Maranello as Director of Product Development, where he remained until January 2002.

Mr. Wester was then hired by Magna Steyr AG , Magna AG (Graz, Vienna) 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 Automobiles.

Mr. Wester was born in Linz am Rhein, Germany. He obtained a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Braunschweig University.

Harald J. Wester

Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

United States

Harald Wester was appointed Chief Technical Officer and Head of Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Maserati and named a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) on September 1, 2011.

He was appointed Chief Technical Officer for Fiat Group in September 2007. In addition to this role, in August 2008 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Maserati S.p.A., in January 2009 Chief Executive Officer of Abarth & C. S.p.A and in January 2010 Chief Executive Officer of Alfa Romeo Automobiles.

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 & Special Vehicles, a position that he held until January 1999.

Subsequently, he joined Ferrari S.p.A. at Maranello as Director of Product Development, where he remained until January 2002.

Mr. Wester was then hired by Magna Steyr AG , Magna AG (Graz, Vienna) 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 Automobiles.

Mr. Wester was born in Linz am Rhein, Germany. He obtained a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Braunschweig University.

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