Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that Tim Kuniskis has taken over as the global head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands.

Kuniskis, who is a 26-year veteran of FCA, replaces Reid Bigland, who the company says will continue serving as head of US sales, and president and CEO of FCA Canada. Kuniskis previously served as head of passenger car brands in North America.

“With the launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio and the Maserati Levante complete, we must now intensify our focus on the commercial elements that will drive global growth for these brands,” said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA.

“As Reid has established the commercial foundation for Alfa and Maserati, today’s announcement allows Tim to dedicate his efforts solely on the next chapter of these storied brands.

“In North America, with the execution of our industrial plan now well underway, shifting from cars to SUVs and trucks, Reid’s complete attention will be placed on accelerating sales growth in the U.S. and Canada.

“This is an important year for FCA as we work to achieve the commitments made in our five-year business plan, and equally important, to establish the momentum for continued growth going forward,” added Marchionne.