October 19, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC was named Corporation of the Year at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s (MMSDC) 33rd annual Ambassadors Championing Excellence (ACE) Awards, honoring excellence and ongoing commitment to working with and helping to develop and mentor minority business enterprises.
 
Kevin Bell, Head of Diversity Supplier Development at FCA US, received the Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award. Named after a former employee at the automaker, this award is given to a leader whose commitment to minority economic development symbolizes the true spirit and intent of supplier diversity.
 
The awards were given at a ceremony in Detroit on October 6.
 
“As FCA US attracts new customers to our global vehicle brands, like Jeep® and Ram, it is essential that we have diverse supplier partners who can offer fresh ideas and creative solutions,” said Scott Thiele, Chief Purchasing Officer for FCA NV and Head of Purchasing and Supplier Quality for FCA – North America. “I am proud of our supplier diversity team’s dedication and the mentorship they offer our business partners as we look to ensure mutual long-term growth.”
 
In 2015, FCA US spent $3 billion with approximately 230 minority-, women- and veteran-owned suppliers, representing 8 percent of the Company’s total annual purchasing. Since 1983, the Company has purchased nearly $55 billion from diverse suppliers.
 
“We recognized corporations, minority businesses and individuals who excelled in engaging, mentoring and advocating diverse suppliers this past year,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO of MMSDC. “Our ambassadors are true champions of excellence in minority supplier development."
 
About the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
Founded in 1977, the MMSDC certifies minority businesses, develops their capacity and facilitates inclusive procurement opportunities. The MMSDC is one of 23 affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), a nonprofit corporate membership organization that advances business opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to its corporate members.
 
About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA is an international automotive group listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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