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Stellantis software leader is latest executive to depart automaker

Portrait of Luke Ramseth Luke Ramseth
The Detroit News

Mamatha Chamarthi, who headed Stellantis NV's software business development, is the latest executive to depart the automaker.

Stellantis said Monday that Chamarthi's replacement is Cristiani Campos, who has worked for the company and its predecessor in several business development and finance roles over more than two decades.

Chamarthi, 54, is leaving for a new role in the auto sector. The leadership change is effective immediately, company spokesperson Shawn Morgan said. Chamarthi had been in the senior software role since 2021, and previously was a chief information officer for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Mamatha Chamarthi had been Stellantis' head of global software business management since 2021.

"Cristiani has an outstanding track record in business development in Latin America and Taiwan combined with a solid financial background," Morgan said in a statement. She will be based in Michigan and report to Yves Bonnefont, the company's chief software officer.

Chamarthi is the latest of several recent high-profile Stellantis executive departures that have drawn concern among dealers and others. They include Dodge and Ram CEO Tim Kuniskis; U.S. retail sales head Jason Stoicevich; Chief Customer Experience Officer Richard Schwarzwald, and former North America Jeep boss Jim Morrison.

Most recently Stellantis confirmed the departure of another high-profile software executive, Berta Rodriguez-Hervas, who had overseen the company's artificial intelligence efforts. Both Chamarthi and Rodriguez-Hervas were key presenters last month during a software demonstration at the company's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Washtenaw County. Stellantis hopes its fast-growing software division can generate almost $22 billion in annual revenue by 2030.

Campos has spent the bulk of her career working for Stellantis and its predecessor, Fiat Chrysler, in several finance and business development roles. After the merger that created Stellantis in 2021, she headed the company's business development and synergy office in South America.

Since 2022, she has served stints as chief financial officer for two software-related auto firms in Europe: and . Both are joint ventures between Stellantis and Foxconn to develop better software for cars. Automotive News first reported the software leadership change.

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