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MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS — Kyle Bazemore to manager of product communications. He will be responsible for managing Mazda’s product information efforts, including all product-related communications and media inquiries. He also will serve as a liaison between the company’s government affairs office in Washington and its corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

He was manager of product strategy at Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc., where he was responsible for the planning and development of sports coupes and sport-utilities. Mazda North American Operations is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer parts and service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States.

APEXON INC. — Dave Andrea to the advisory board. He is director of the Center for Automotive Research’s Forecasting Group at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan. Andrea also is president of the Detroit Association for Business Economics and on the Finance Committee for the Detroit Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Prior to joining the center, he was chief economist with CSM Worldwide, a Michigan-based automotive forecasting and consulting firm.

Apexon, of San Jose, Calif., provides business relationship management software to the manufacturing community.


DETROIT — The Chrysler group has named Christine Cortez senior vice president for Service and Parts, effective Jan. 1. She is the Chrysler group vice president for Sales and Marketing Operations.

Cortez, 47, will be responsible for the Chrysler Group’s global service and parts operations and will report to Jim Schroer, executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing.

She succeeds Darrell Davis, who will retire on Dec. 31, after 35 years of service for the company. Cortez began her automotive career at Chrysler in 1976 as a management trainee. Since then, she has held positions of increasing responsibility, including controller of Mopar Parts and vice president of Fleet Operations.

Mark Norman will succeed Cortez as vice president for Sales and Marketing Operations. He will be responsible for sales planning, distribution and scheduling activities for the company. He was responsible for marketing programs and strategy at Ford Division.

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