Fiat Chrysler CEO to halve his salary for three months in virus response: letter

FILE PHOTO: CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Mike Manley attends the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

MILAN (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler FCHA.MI top executives will temporarily cut their salaries to preserve the automaker's financial soundness during the coronavirus emergency, Chief Executive Mike Manley told employees on Monday.

Manley said he would halve his salary for the next three months to avoid job cuts in the second quarter, according to a letter seen by Reuters, that he sent to employees.

Chairman John Elkann and the other members of the board will give up their entire salaries until year end, Manley added in the letter. Other executives will see their wages cut by 30% while the group will ask employees not affected by current cuts in working shifts to have 20% of their salaries’ payments temporarily postponed.

Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; editing by Grant McCool