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Social media remembers Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler

People are taking to Twitter and Instagram to share their thoughts and memories of the FCA CEO.

Kyle Hyatt Former news and features editor
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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Former Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, who died Wednesday at the age of 66, was a towering figure in the automotive industry. His term as CEO of companies like Ferrari, and in particular as chairman of Maserati, led to reinvigorated sales and excitement about the brands. His willingness to set aside niceties and get to the root of a problem made him a polarizing character for some, but his candidness was also seen as a welcome tonic against the notoriously tight-lipped approach of most major automakers.

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Marchionne was also more than just a CEO, and was known, for example, for his generous side. It is all of these facets that have led colleagues, friends, admirers and even critics to take to social media to talk about what he meant to them. Here's a sampling of the outpourings of support and condolences from around the auto industry and beyond.

Ralph Gilles, head of design for FCA:


F1 team:

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada:

Larry P. Vellequette, Automotive News:

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo:

Klaus Busse, head of design for Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Maserati :

Mary Barra, CEO of :

Bill Ford , executive chairman of Ford Motor Company:

Executives like Marchionne are becoming increasingly rare in a world where a CEO's profile is almost as important as his or her product. He was deeply committed to improving the fortunes of the companies he worked for and the people that worked for him. While he wasn't without flaws, his presence will be missed in an industry that is struggling to find a new identity.