Fiat Chrysler Names New Top Lawyer for US Division Amid Federal Probe – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.
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NV has named a new top lawyer for its U.S. division, a move that comes as federal authorities investigate allegations the car maker inflated U.S. retail results by pressuring dealers to falsify sales.

Chris Pardi was appointed general counsel this month for the company’s legal team in North America, succeeding Marjorie Loeb.

Ms. Loeb had served as FCA US LLC’s chief counsel since 2013 and is leaving the Italian-U.S. auto maker for personal reasons, a spokeswoman said.

Fiat Chrysler spokeswoman Shawn Morgan said her departure isn’t connected to the federal probe. “She made a personal choice to leave the company,” Ms. Morgan said. “She wanted to be closer to her family in Illinois.”

Ms. Loeb couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Ms. Loeb joined the U.S. auto maker in 2010, shortly after Fiat took control of Chrysler Group during the U.S. auto maker’s bankruptcy process. She then led the general counsel’s office at Chrysler during a corporate restructuring that combined the U.S. auto maker with its Italian parent Fiat SpA into a single company.

Mr. Pardi has been with the U.S. auto maker for more than a decade and had previously led employment law and benefits as an assistant general counsel for FCA US LLC.

The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating allegations raised earlier this year by an Illinois car dealer who claimed Fiat Chrysler financially rewarded retailers for falsifying sales. Fiat Chrysler confirmed the investigation and says it is cooperating with the federal probes but declined to comment further.

Write to Christina Rogers at christina.rogers@wsj.com

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