DETROIT—Stellantis, the parent company of the Chrysler and Jeep automotive brands, has appointed a new head of purchasing and supply chain in North America amid deteriorating relations with its suppliers.
Marlo Vitous, 45, the company's supply chain vice president, is replacing Martin Horneck, who is retiring, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Automotive News. Horneck, 59, had been hired by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in 2020 ahead of the merger with PSA Group that formed Stellantis.
Stellantis confirmed Horneck's departure but did not comment further.
The change comes shortly after Stellantis created controversy among its suppliers with new purchasing terms and conditions that it later rescinded—and one day after a prominent study gauging suppliers' relationship with major automakers ranked the company lowest for a second consecutive year.