Business Entrepreneur Sergio Marchionne to be Honored at NIAF’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Nation’s Capital



(NIAF) Elissa Ruffino, 202-939-3106,; (FIAT) Shawn Morgan,


marchionne(WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 7, 2015)  Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., and chairman of Ferrari S.p.A., will be honored at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) 40th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.  Marchionne will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in International Business on October 17, 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. The black-tie event begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.

Honorees joining Marchionne include Amato L. Berardi, founder of Berardi & Associates Inc., and former member of the Italian Parliament; Richard E. Caruso, Ph.D., founder and director of Integra LifeSciences; Connie Francis, Italian American music legend; Mario Gabelli, founder, chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors Inc.; Franco Nuschese, president of Georgetown Entertainment Group LLC; Steve Perillo, president and owner of Perillo Tours; Alfred M. Rotondaro, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former NIAF executive director; and Josephine J. (Gargiulo) Templeton, M.D., trustee of the John Templeton Foundation.

Marchionne began his professional career in Canada, working for Deloitte & Touche from 1983 to 1985. After numerous positions at companies in Canada, he held jobs of increasing responsibility at Algroup, headquartered in Switzerland, between 1994 and 2000, and eventually became its CEO. Marchionne became a member of the Fiat S.p.A. Board of Directors in 2003 and CEO the following year. In 2009, he was appointed CEO of Chrysler Group LLC (renamed FCA US LLC in 2014), and in September 2011, also became its chairman. In October 2014, Marchionne became CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., and chairman of Ferrari S.p.A., the positions he holds today.

Currently, Marchionne serves as a member of the boards of Phillip Morris International Inc., and the Peterson Institute for International Economics; and chairman of the Council for the United States and Italy.

Born in Chieti, Italy, in 1952, Marchionne has dual Canadian and Italian citizenship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. He also has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor, Canada. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees from universities throughout, Italy, Canada and the United States.

Besides NIAF’s distinguished honorees, celebrities and entertainment take center stage during NIAF Gala Weekend to celebrate a milestone in its history. As part of NIAF’s lineup of celebrities, actors Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri and Annabella Sciorra; singer and songwriter Giada Valenti; Twelve-time MLB All-Star Mike Piazza; performer Tom Sinatra; The Washington Chorus; The Sicilian Tenors, Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio and Sam Vitale, will join Il Volo’s Piero Barone, Ignazio Boscetto and Gianluca Ginoble, as part of the weekend performances.

NIAF Board Member and Emmy Award-winning Fox News Anchor and Global Markets Editor Maria Bartiromo and SNL legend, NIAF Celebrity Ambassador, actor, entertainer and radio host Joe Piscopo will co-host one of the most popular galas in our nation’s capital. To open the weekend festivities on Friday evening, October 16, Piscopo and celebrity guests will celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday and honor the legacy of Sinatra with the crooner’s celebrated melodies from his songbook.

NIAF’s 40th Anniversary Weekend is presented by Alitalia, the airline that brings the best of Italy to the world. Tickets to Saturday’s Gala begin at $400 per person. Young professional tickets cost $200 per person available only by phone. Tickets to Friday evening’s celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday cost $200 per person. Proceeds benefit NIAF’s educational programs. For tickets or sponsor information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-387-0600 or, or register online at

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Americans of Italian descent. Visit