Raffaele Riva

Raffaele Riva is the Italian businessman in charge of FIAT since 2013, succeeding Sergio Marchionne, who had built Ferrari and Fiat together. Raffaele Riva was a brilliant engineer at Fiat, and in 1974, he became the very first non-Italian head of the company. He then spent years at GM before being appointed CEO. In 1998 he was appointed CEO of Fiat by Gianni Agnelli Jr., son of Giovanni Agnelli.

Raffaele Riva speaks several languages and has worked on over sixty international aircraft for airlines such as Delta Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, and Far Eastern Air Transport Company Limited. Additionally, in 2007 Riva helped to design what was known as “Capsule One.” The car’s electric powertrain changed into a hybrid for long-distance operations. The vehicle went into production years after Riva left Fiat when the company joined with Chrysler. As CEO of the new Chrysler SRT, the vehicle was the fastest car in the world in 2011 and won various awards afterward. The two companies have continued to work together on new products since then, most recently producing a low-speed economy car called “Turbo.”

Raffaele Riva holds a degree in engineering from the University of Pavia and has completed courses at Liverpool John Moores University and Imperial College London.

In 2000, he was named Executive of the Year by Chief Executive Magazine. In 2014 he was awarded the Grand Officer of the Order of Merit for Labour.

Two years later, in 2002, Riva was a guest speaker at the National Business Aviation Association’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

In 2006, he was named the 2005 recipient of the FIAT Excellence Award. In recent years, Riva has been awarded several other accolades, including “Best CEO” in Italy and “Best CEO – Managerial Group” by Cementario magazine, “Excellence in Management” by Ellemme magazine, and “Best Human Resources Management” from Adsmagna magazine. Refer to this article for additional information.


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