Stellantis Australia has appointed Michael Filazzola as managing director, Australia, encompassing the Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Fiat Professional and Abarth brands, commencing 20 March 2023.
Filazzola replaces Kevin Flynn who, after 47 years in the automotive industry, will retire to spend more time with his family in South Africa. Over three decades, Flynn worked across multiple countries and brands including Lexus, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche before joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to lead the India team in 2015.
Senior vice president, India and Asia Pacific region, Billy Hayes, Stellantis announced the appointment today.
“With proven leadership capabilities and a diverse skillset, we are confident that Michael will continue to drive the growth and success of the Stellantis business in Australia,” said Hayes.
Filazzola has worked in the automotive and aftermarket industry for more than 28 years, working across Australia, China and the Southeast Asia markets. He has extensive knowledge of the automotive ecosystem, holding a variety of roles as a senior executive across sales, aftersales, customer experience, purchasing and supply chain, and product development while at General Motors, Holden Australia, and Bapcor.
Most recently, Filazzola was general manager for product development at Bapcor, overseeing the growth of private brands within the aftermarket industry in Australia.
“I am looking forward to joining Stellantis and working with the team across its robust suite of brands. With the company focus moving towards electrification, and a new generation of vehicles from all brands being launched into the market, I feel like this is a great time to join Stellantis,” said Filazzola.
Flynn joined the Australian team in 2019, to lead Stellantis’ plan in market, focussing on improving product quality and customer satisfaction. He successfully navigated the challenges of a global pandemic while achieving growth for the company in the Australian market.
Prior to taking on the role in Australia, Flynn was responsible for the overall development of the Jeep brand in India, while also establishing Jeep’s export strategy for all right-hand drive markets.
“I want to thank Kevin for his dedication and commitment to our business and the industry. He’s had an exemplary career and I, along with the rest of the Stellantis team, wish him the very best,” said Hayes.