John Noone to executive vice president of Ford Financial's North America Diversified Operations, which includes the operations of finance affiliates Primus, Commercial Lending Services, AMI, Fairlane, Triad and Volvo. He also will oversee the development of luxury brand finance strategies. He was Ford Financial's senior vice president for North American Diversified Operations.
Ford Credit and Ford Financial Services are units of Ford Motor Co.
GENERAL MOTORS - Stephen Freitas to global customer experience information officer for GM Information Systems and Services. He was a senior partner at Accenture.
AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORP. - Alan Bethke to automotive business account manager for the corporate brand marketing and communications division. He was the automotive sales training manager.
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO INC. - Jim Holden, 50, to the board of directors. He was CEO of DaimlerChrysler until November 2000. Sirius is satellite radio broadcaster in New York City.
RVI GROUP - Chris Smith to manager in the real estate department. She was the operations manager of the department.
RVI Group, of Stamford, Conn., provides residual value insurance for assets, such as passenger vehicles, transportation and industrial equipment, and real estate for companies active in leasing, asset securitizations and other residual-driven financings. RVI Group companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of R.V.I. Guaranty Co. Ltd., an insurer based in Bermuda.
SUPPLIERSWEBASTO THERMOSYSTEMS INC. - John Sofran to automotive systems sales director. He was manager of sales and marketing at the Izumi/TRW Occupant Restraint Systems Group. Webasto, of Lapeer, Mich., supplies air and coolant auxiliary heater systems for trucks, trailers, automobiles and other types of vehicles.
METALDYNE CORP. - Karen Radtke to vice president and treasurer. She was treasurer and corporate secretary of ASCET Inc., a Bingham Farms, Mich., manufacturer of automotive, truck and aftermarket components.
Metaldyne, of Plymouth, Mich., supplies engineered metal-formed components, assemblies and modules for transportation-related powertrain and chassis applications.
TORVEC INC. - David Marshall to vice president of manufacturing. He will be responsible for all manufacturing activities within Torvec, as well as at Torvec's partners and future suppliers.
Marshall was president and founder of Enterprise Venture Partners, a consulting firm focused on delivering proprietary product commercialization and production scale-up methodologies. Torvec, of Rochester, N.Y., develops technologies that increase transportation safety, mobility, fuel efficiency and reduce soot emissions.
DELPHI ENERGY & CHASSIS SYSTEMS - Jose Avila to interim director of engineering and diesel systems business,while retaining his position of program director for diesel common rail. Avila succeeds Mike Norman, who will retire in October after a 33-year career in the automotive engineering industry. Avila will be responsible for product and manufacturing engineering activities for Delphi's global diesel systems business until a permanent replacement for Norman is named.
COLLINS & AIKMAN CORP. - James Burnett to director of commercial and program management for the DaimlerChrysler business unit. He was senior program manager for the unit.
Collins & Aikman, of Troy, Mich., supplies automotive floor and acoustic systems,. fabric, interior trim and convertible top systems.