Mr Zanframundo's surprise recall to Turin is part of a wide-ranging Europe-wide senior management restructure at the CNH Industrial division initiated by Pierre Lahutte, appointed Iveco "brand president" four months ago following the unexpected sudden departure of Lorenzo Sistino (Commercial Vehicle Engineer July).
Speculation about top-level disputes at Iveco
over the future direction of the Turin-based commercial vehicle manufacturer has been fuelled by the sudden resignation last month of "brand president" Lorenzo Sistino
, only a couple of weeks after he
conducted a glitzy Turin launch of the new Daily light commercial vehicle range.
Sergio Marchionne, the no-nonsense chairman of Iveco's CNH Industrial parent group, has wasted no time in appointing Mr Sistino's successor.
Mr Sistino had been Iveco brand president for just over one year, though he had worked for the Fiat group (from which CNH Industrial was spun off a couple of years ago with the aim of attracting outside investment) since 1987.
Fiat group jobs have included president of New Holland Agriculture
and boss of the Fiat Professional light van division.
Iveco insiders say that Mr Sistino's
micro-management style contrasted sharply with that of his predecessor, Alfredo Altavilla, and annoyed many of his senior colleagues.
is said to have left CNH Industrial "at his