Executive Vice President and
Chairman and CEO
Ford of Europe
John Fleming is executive vice president and chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, chairman of Volvo Car Corporation, and is also responsible for global manufacturing and labor affairs.
In his current role as Ford of Europe's chief, Mr. Fleming is responsible for Ford of Europe, Volvo Car Corporation and Ford's export operations and global growth initiatives. He was elected to this position on October 10, 2008.
Additionally, Mr. Fleming oversees the global operations of 105 assembly, stamping and powertrain plants. He is also responsible for the company's worldwide engineering support for stamping, vehicle and powertrain manufacturing. Mr. Fleming has global responsibility for the company's material planning and logistics, Ford production system, manufacturing business office and labor affairs organizations, as well as the company's automotive components holdings, the Ford-managed temporary business entity comprised of former Visteon Corp. plants and facilities in the United States and Mexico.
Previously, Mr. Fleming was president and chief executive officer, Ford of Europe and a group vice president, Ford Motor Company. He was president, Ford of Europe and prior to that he was vice president manufacturing, Ford of Europe with responsibility for all manufacturing facilities and operations.
Before taking over as vice president manufacturing, Mr. Fleming was executive director of the Ford stamping business unit in the United States, an operation he was responsible for establishing. Prior to that assignment he served as director of global manufacturing engineering and new model programs.
John Fleming joined Ford in 1967 at the company's Halewood facility on Merseyside, where he was involved in manufacturing processes for the then new Ford Escort. Mr. Fleming was appointed production manager of the plant's paint facility in 1984 and continued with responsibility for this and other areas in a number of management roles until 1988, when he left to assume European responsibility for paint, trim and chassis engineering. He returned to Halewood in 1991 as general manufacturing manager of Halewood Operations.
Mr. Fleming was subsequently appointed operations manager of Halewood operations in 1993. In 1995 he was assigned to the U.S. as program operations manager for vehicle operations, responsible for managing four automotive assembly plants and three stamping and component plants.
Mr. Fleming holds an honorary degree from the John Moores University in Liverpool and production engineering qualifications from North East London Polytechnic.
Chief Executive Officer
General Motors Europe
Nick Reilly was appointed president of GM Europe, effective December 4, 2009. Based in Ruesselsheim, Germany, he is responsible for all operations of Opel/Vauxhall worldwide and has oversight for other GM activities in Europe such as Chevrolet Europe.
Mr. Reilly had served as GM executive vice president and president of GM International Operations since July 10, 2009. He was also chairman of both the GM Daewoo Auto and Technology Company and Shanghai GM.
Mr. Reilly began his GM career in 1975 with the former Detroit Diesel Allison Division in the United Kingdom. From 1978 to 1984, he held various assignments with General Motors in Belgium, the United States and Mexico.
Returning to England, he moved to Vauxhall Motors as general operations manager, aftersales. He later held the post of Vauxhall supply manager and was appointed a director of the company in 1986.
In 1987, Mr. Reilly was named vice president of operations and a member of the board of directors of GM's IBC vehicle joint venture with Isuzu in Luton, England. In 1990, he was appointed director of manufacturing at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant. Four years later, he became vice president of quality and reliability for GM Europe in Zurich, Switzerland, and a member of the GM Europe Strategy Board.
He returned to the U.K. in 1996 as chairman and managing director of Vauxhall and, in 1997, was named a GM vice president. In 2001, Mr. Reilly returned to Zurich, Switzerland, as vice president of sales, marketing and aftersales for GM Europe, from where he transferred to Korea to lead GM's transition team in the formation of GM Daewoo, beginning in January 2002. He assumed the duties of president and chief executive officer of GMDAT upon the company's founding in October 2002. He was appointed GM group vice president and president of GM Asia Pacific in July 2006.
Nick Reilly is a graduate of Cambridge University. In 2000, he was appointed as a Commander of the British Empire in recognition of his contribution to the U.K. automotive industry.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Saab Automobile AB
In 2000, Victor R. Muller revived the previously dormant Spyker brand, which had manufacturered carriages, cars and aircraft between 1876 and 1925. The new company, relaunched as Spyker Cars, began business on January 1, 2000.
Now, as Spyker's chief executive officer, Mr. Muller is responsible for developing and overseeing the strategic direction of the company, and also serves as the designer of Spyker's hand-built sports cars, including the C8 Aileron, C8 Laviolette, C8 Spyder and the upcoming D8 Peking-to-Paris SSUV. Each of these vehicles exemplify Spyker's five brand pillars: heritage, design, craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.
Under his guidance, Spyker Cars became a public company, listed at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange Euronext (ticker symbol SPYKR) with its initial public offering on May 27, 2004. He has also overseen Spyker's growth, and the company now has more than 35 dealerships around the world in 21 countries. In February 2010, Spyker Cars acquired the iconic Swedish carmaker Saab. Mr Muller is Chairman of Saab's Board. The combined Spyker and Saab businesses employ 3.600 FTE's and distribute cars through some 1.100 dealers worldwide.
Mr. Muller began his professional life as an attorney in 1984, working at the Caron & Stevens /Baker & McKenzie law firm of Amsterdam. In 1989, he became a member of the Management Board team of the offshore construction company Heerema in Leiden and was involved in several acquisitions. He became part owner of Wijsmuller Salvage and Towage, IJmuiden, as a member of a consortium through a management buy-out in 1991 and continued his career as an entrepreneur.
Mr. Muller has managed and restructured numerous companies, including Emergo Fashions Group B.V., which went public under the name McGregor Fashion Group N.V. in April 1999. Today, McGregor provides much of Spyker Cars' team apparel and merchandise.
Mr. Muller studied law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, graduating in 1984.
Harald J. Wester
Chief Technology Officer
Fiat Group and Fiat Group Automobiles
Chief Executive Officer
Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Maserati
Harald Wester is the chief technology officer for the Fiat Group and Fiat Group Automobiles as well as the CEO for Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
Mr. Wester started his professional career at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, where he was general manager of the vehicle research and new concepts department from 1991 to 1995. Later that year, he joined Audi AG in Ingolstadt where he became program manager for the A2 models and special vehicles, a position that he held until January 1999.
Subsequently, he joined Ferrari S.p.A. at Maranello as director of product development, where he remained until January 2002. Mr. Wester was then hired by Magna Steyr AG, Magna AG (Graz, Vienna) as group president engineering and chief technical officer (Research, Development and Technologies).
In 2004 he joined the Fiat Group where he took on the role of chief technical officer of Fiat Group Automobiles and, subsequently, chief technical officer for the Fiat Group. In addition to these roles, in August 2008 he was appointed chief executive officer of Maserati S.p.A., in January 2009 chief executive officer of Abarth & C. S.p.A and in January 2010 chief executive officer of Alfa Romeo Automobiles
Harald Wester obtained a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the Braunschweig University in 1986.
Chief Executive Officer
Fiat Powertrain Technologies
Executive Vice President
Alfredo Altavilla was named executive vice president of business development of the Fiat Group in October 2009. In addition, Mr. Altavilla is the chief executive officer of Fiat Powertrain Technologies and senior vice president of business development of Fiat Group Automobiles. He was appointed to the Chrysler Group LLC board of directors in July, 2009.
In 1990 he joined Fiat Auto, in charge of international ventures developments in the field of strategic planning and product development. In 1995 he was appointed head of the Fiat Auto office in Beijing, and in 1999 head of the Asia operations.
Mr. Altavilla has been in charge of business development since 2001, and in 2002 he took over responsibility for coordinating activities related to the alliance with General Motors. In 2004 he was entrusted with the responsibility for the management of alliances.
In September 2004 he was appointed chairman of FGP (Fiat/GM Powertrain JV) and senior vice president of business development of Fiat Auto. In July 2005 he was appointed chief executive officer of TOFAS, a 50-50 joint venture between Fiat Auto and Koc Holding that is listed on the Istanbul stock exchange, while retaining responsibility for business development.
Mr. Altavilla holds a degree in economics from La Cattolica University, Milan.
Member of the Board of Management
Sales and Marketing
Ian Robertson was appointed a member of the board of management, sales and marketing for BMW AG in March 2008. He is also the chairman of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
Mr. Robertson began his automotive career with the Rover Group in 1979 as a graduate trainee. By 1988, he had ascended to plant director at the Drews Lane Plant for the Rover Group and by 1990 was promoted to plant director powertrain for the Rover Group. He continued his rise at Rover Group by becoming purchasing director in 1991 and managing director for Land Rover vehicles in 1994.
In 1999, Mr. Robertson was named managing director for BMW South Africa and four years later he assumed the position of chairman and chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. He followed that up with his appointment to the board of management, sales and marketing for BMW AG in 2008.
Mr. Robertson graduated with a bachelor of science in maritime studies from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1979.
Dr. Herbert Demel
Executive Vice President
Magna China, India, South/East Asia,
South America and Africa
Dr. Herbert Demel was appointed executive vice president, MAGNA International and president, Magna China, India, South/East Asia, South America and Africa in April 2010.
Dr. Demel's career is characterized by a unique combination of leadership positions held in both OEMs and suppliers in the automotive industry.
From 1984 to 1990, he was responsible for the development of ABS applications and quality control at Robert Bosch. In 1990, he joined the Volkswagen-Audi Group where he stayed until 2002: at Audi he was head of product development before becoming the CEO. In 1997, he too over the post of CEO of Volkwagen do Brasil.
In 2002, he was selected as president and chief executive officer of Magna Steyr. However, shortly after, in November 2003, Dr. Demel was called by Fiat Auto to serve as the CEO, laying the fundamentals of the turnaround of the company and the re-launch of its products.
At the beginning of 2005, Dr. Demel returned to the Magna Group as president of Magna Powertrain, Oberwaltersdorf. He followed that by being named named COO of MAGNA International's vehicles and powertrain group in January 2007.
Austrian, with a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Vienna, Dr. Demel speaks German, English, Portuguese and Italian.
Vice President of European Sales
Cristiano Carlutti oversees Tesla's fast-growing European operations from the company's EU headquarters in Windsor, UK. Before joining Tesla in January 2010, he lead mission-critical divisions at Fiat, served as CEO of an Italian start-up and served as a member of the management committee of the Organizing Committee of the XX Winter Olympic Games.
Mr. Carlutti joined Fiat in 1995 as a marketing analyst and rose to the vice president level, most recently overseeing the strategy and operations of the rent-a-car and used car department for European markets. Mr. Carlutti was also in charge of the Flagship development project, a €150 million program which established a network of company-owned dealerships throughout Europe.
He also served on the Organizing Committee of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. As managing director of media operations and press chief for the 2006 games, Mr. Carlutti helped to create and manage a €13 million media operation with 20 venues serving more than 3,000 journalists. Before that he was CEO of Autocontact Italia, where he was in charge of reselling and servicing more than 90,000 vehicles per year.
Cristiano Carlutti has a degree in business administration from the University Luigi Bocconi in Milan, and he's lectured on business and entrepreneurship at several universities in his native Italy.
Chief Executive Officer
THINK North America and
Richard Canny is chief executive officer for THINK North America and THINK Global. An auto industry veteran with more than 25 years experience, Mr. Canny has held various key international leadership positions in every aspect of auto manufacturing. His experience includes positions with the Ford Motor Company as president, Ford South America and director of global strategic planning for Ford globally.
Mr. Canny began his career with Ford in the manufacturing operation of Ford Australia in Melbourne. He quickly rose through the ranks which led to key marketing assignments at Ford world headquarters in Michigan, USA where he developed Ford's global growth plans, including market entry plans for China and India. He was promoted to managing director of Ford Malaysia, a joint venture with the Asian trading company Sime Darby.
During the regional economic crisis of 2001 and 2002, Mr. Canny was president of Ford Argentina and went on to become president of Ford South America, a multi-billion dollar revenue business with more than 10,000 employees, and seven manufacturing facilities in three countries. In that position he managed the company through a period of great economic volatility and oversaw a turnaround from $300m-per-year in losses to achieving profitability.
Prior to leaving Ford, Mr. Canny was director of strategic planning for Ford's global operations. In that role, he oversaw numerous restructuring actions.
Mr. Canny holds an M.B.A. from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Chief Executive Officer
Rolf Group of Companies
Nick Hawkins is the chief executive officer of the ROLF Group of Companies and responsible for the management board. He is in charge of the ongoing development of the Group`s operations including a number of new business initiatives as well as maintaining senior relationships with commercial and financial partners.
Prior to joining ROLF, Mr. Hawkins was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Russia, leading the Firm`s CEE / CIS Advisory practice. Throughout his career, Mr. Hawkins has focused on services including due diligence, valuation, business restructuring, strategic planning and raising finance for various industries, such as energy, telecommunications, metals and consumer products.
William L. Kozyra
Chairman and CEO
TI Automotive Ltd.
William (Bill) Kozyra is chairman of the TI Automotive Ltd. Board and CEO of TI Automotive, a position he has held since June 1, 2008. Mr. Kozyra oversees more than 100 manufacturing and technology facilities in 27 countries worldwide.
Prior to joining TI Automotive, Mr. Kozyra was president and CEO of Continental AG North America, a position he held for almost 10 years. He was also a member of the executive board, Continental AG (DAX), Hanover, Germany with responsibility for Continental AG's NAFTA businesses, a $6.2 billion unit of Continental's Automotive Group in Frankfurt, Germany.
Bill Kozyra previously was with ITT Automotive where he served as vice president and general manager brake and chassis systems North America. Prior to his tenure at ITT Automotive, he was vice president and general manager of Bosch braking systems' brake products division. He began his career with the Budd Company as a project engineer, advanced to a chief engineer position, and later became president of its wheel and brake division.
Mr. Kozyra has been awarded five U.S. patents for vehicle brake and suspension components. He is on the Board of Directors of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA); a member of the Board of Directors of The Piston Group; a member of the Board of Directors of TMD Friction; a member of the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame Preparatory School; and holds memberships in the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board in Detroit; the University of Detroit Alumni Council; and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He also sits on the prestigious Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Supplier Roundtables, peer groups of top suppliers and OEM executives who come together to discuss and address issues and concerns.
Recognized for his thoughtful insights into the challenges facing management today and in the future, Mr. Kozyra has spoken often on the specific issues of automotive safety, Tier One supply chain management and collaboration and leadership in times of change.
Mr. Kozyra received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit in 1980, and a master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University's Executive Advanced Management Program in 1988.
Chief Executive Officer
CIE Automotive, SA
Ignacio Martin is the chief executive officer for CIE Automotive, SA, a position he has held since 2001.
He began his career working in several medium-sized industrial enterprises between 1978 and 1986.
In 1987, he joined the automotive group GKN, becoming managing director of GKN Indugasa by 1988. In 1990, he was appointed managing director for GKN ESPANA. Six years later, Mr. Martin was promoted to CEO for GKN USA and then CEO for GKN AMERICA in 1997.
In 1998 Mr. Martin left GKN to join Alcatel telecommunications group as managing director, Alcatel Espana remaining there until 1999 when he returned to GKN as CEO, GKN Automotive Europe.
Mr. Martin graduated as an industrial engineer from the University of Navarra (Spain).
Automotive Leader Germany
Switzerland and Austria
Ernst & Young
Peter Fuss is the automotive leader Germany, Switzerland and Austria of Ernst & Young and the leader of Ernst & Young's Global Automotive Center in Stuttgart.
Mr. Fuss is responsible for developing the firm's automotive industry strategy and initiatives in Germany, Switzerland and Austria through the sharing of best practices, tailoring of business solutions, and creation of relevant automotive thought leadership. Peter Fuss is a frequent speaker at automotive conferences across Europe.
Mr. Fuss has more than 20 years of experience with Ernst & Young with an emphasis on serving automotive clients. He currently serves as the global client service partner for one global automotive vehicle manufacturer and as the European Client Service Partner for one global automotive supplier.
Global Automotive Sector Coordinator
Arndt Ellinghorst is the global automotive sector coordinator for Credit Suisse.
Mr. Ellinghorst began his career with Audi AG in 1998, where wrote his diploma thesis within the supply department, analysing the relationship between suppliers and carmakers. For the next two years, he worked in the Volkswagen junior management program, working on a variety of projects at various locations throughout the VW group. After gaining further insight into the automotive industry within the VW group, Mr. Ellinghorst moved to the financial industry, working for different investment banks in Germany and the UK.
In 2000, Mr. Ellinghorst joined WestLB Panmure as an equity analyst, initially covering European automotive stocks before assuming the role of joined head of automotive and engineering research. In 2004, he moved over to Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, building and establishing an automotive equity research product. While there, he was head of a top-3 rated automotive equity research team.
Mr. Ellinghorst joined Credit-Suisse, London in 2007 as head of European automotive research. The team has established a top-3 ranking within the latest analyst rankings and Mr. Ellinghorst is rated as leading European automotive research analyst. He was promoted to global automotive sector coordinator in July 2009.
Mr. Ellinghorst has a degree in business administration from University in Osnabrueck.
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