JUNE 11, 2002
Cantarella has been with Fiat since 1977 when he began his career in the company with the automotive components business. In 1983 he became chief executive of the Fiat systems division, Comau, and in 1989 joined Fiat Auto as head of purchasing. He became chief operating officer in 1990 and by the end of the year was chief executive. In 1996 he became head of the whole Fiat Group, his current position.
It remains to be seen what Cantarella's departure will do for Fiat but there is no doubt that it is a big setback for the GPWC, which will now have to find a new chief executive.