Niel Golightly was appointed Global Chief Communications Officer and named a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) in December 2018. The GEC is the highest management-level decision-making body within the FCA organization.

Prior to joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Golightly served with Shell Oil Company as Vice President for External Relations in the Americas. In that role, he was responsible for developing and leading the implementation of reputation, brand and stakeholder engagement strategies for all of Shell’s business lines in North and South America. Before that, he served as global Vice President, Communications and Sustainable Development for Royal Dutch Shell’s worldwide Downstream businesses.

Golightly also served a stint as Shell’s Vice President, U.S. Energy Transition, responsible for developing and communicating long-term scenarios relating to the U.S. energy market. At the request of Houston’s mayor, he helped lead the city’s recovery from the multi-billion-dollar impact of Hurricane Harvey as a loaned executive from Shell. 

Golightly joined Shell after a 13-year career at Ford Motor Company.

His work experience and academic background include: 
  • 2018 - current, Global Chief Communications Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA)
  • 2018 - current, Global Chief Communications Officer, GEC, FCA
  • 2006 - 2018 Royal Dutch Shell plc
    • 2016, Vice President, Energy Transition Strategy, Shell Oil Company
    • 2015, Vice President, External Relations, Shell Oil Company
    • 2006, Vice President, Communications, Global Downstream Business (Houston, Texas and London, England, United Kingdom) 
  • 1994 - 2006 Ford Motor Company 
    • Director, Ford Sustainable Business Strategies
    • Vice President, Public Affairs, Ford of Europe
    • Director, Chairman’s Office, Ford Motor Company
    • Director, Public Affairs, Visteon Automotive Systems
    • Corporate Speechwriter to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • 1980 - 1994 United States Navy 
    • Special Assistant to General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy
    • Navy Olmsted Scholar, University of Konstanz, Germany
    • Operational Fighter Pilot, Division Officer, Flight Instructor, Public Affairs Officer

Golightly received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Cornell University (1980) and later studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany as a Navy Olmsted Scholar. 

He was born in Fairfax, Virginia.


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