Fiat confirmed on Friday that the former head of Ford Europe was in the running to take over the top job at loss-making Fiat Auto, a Reuters report said. "(Current Fiat Auto Chief Executive) Giancarlo Boschetti is close to retirement so we have to look for a substitute and Martin Leach is one of the possibilities," Fiat chairman Umberto Agnelli told the news agency on the sidelines of a conference in northern Italy.