Automotive News People News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST Chronicler of VW slave labor dies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Hans Mommsen's name was not widely known in the English-speaking world, but the German historian exhaustively chronicled a sordid chapter in automotive history: Volkswagen's use of slave labor during Hitler's Third Reich. Obituaries Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST This week's obituaries includes Bob Bryce, who worked in automotive retail for more than 40 years; Richard Newsted, chairman of automotive supplier Chassix Holdings, Inc.; and Gene Wittenberger, a longtime auto dealer. Dahl takes FCA's safety post Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler has named a longtime executive who most recently oversaw engine development as its new head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance. EPA official Grundler will speak at World Congress Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Christopher Grundler, the EPA official who will rule on Volkswagen's efforts to resume selling diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S., will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Manufacturers and retail groups are striving to attract and retain female employees, but 'it's still a boys' club' Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Even as the female work force continues to grow, women account for just about a quarter of the combined work force at U.S. automakers and suppliers, a level unchanged in 10 years, according to U.S. Women spark a better work-life balance for all Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Women say striking a work-life balance is a challenge for men and women. But men are less honest about it. More companies seem willing to give employees sabbatical leave to help them restore work-life balance Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Hard-working executives are beginning to ask for time away to reconnect with their families, and companies are responding. It's the perfect time to measure progress, success of women in the auto industry Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In the fast-paced, ever-changing and increasingly complex automotive world, there are few moments when an industry can take stock of progress. This is one such moment. The Leading Women didn't get here on their own Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Don't quit. Learn to play golf. That is some of the advice that the industry's leading women share with their female colleagues. As role models, these leaders feel responsibility for helping other women succeed. Ranks of women in the European auto sector are growing, but top female execs say the industry must do more Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The presence of women in the European auto industry is growing but the consensus among leading female executives is that more needs to be done. Japan's diversity drive is pushing women out of 'office lady' status and up to new heights Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Japan's long male-dominated auto industry is evolving. Today, women are reaching new heights, from holding key randd posts and achieving chief engineer status to running key overseas units. Women find ways to turn challenges into opportunities Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Many of the auto industry's leading women executives found themselves tested by the 2008-2009 economic crisis. In male-dominated industry, this small group shines with skill and personality Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Most new-car dealers are men, so sons and grandsons following the footsteps of fathers and grandfathers in the retail auto industry is a given. Mothers and daughters in the business are harder to find, but they're there. Why don't more women work in dealerships? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nonconventional hours and commission pay plans are among the reasons many women pass up dealership jobs. For women, negotiating pay is 'like a root canal' Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST For many women, negotiating pay is like having a root canal. That may be one reason why they still earn less than men. Borrowing some behaviors can help women get heard in male-dominated industry, experts say Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST This just in: Men and women think and act differently in the workplace. And the differences can make it much harder for women to get ahead in a male-dominated industry such as automotive. Leadership opportunities returning for women in the auto industry Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST After the recession reduced leadership roles for women in the industry in 2010, the status of women in automotive has rebounded. The women honored this year outrank the women named in 2010, with triple the number of CEOs at automakers and suppliers. Barra's historic rise challenges notions of what's possible Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Mary Barra's decidedly unconventional career arc is now inspiring women in a range of jobs, spanning from rank-and-file engineer to car dealer, to think big. Toyoda says sexiness is in, utility is out for Lexus vehicles Mon, 2 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Anxious to boost Lexus' sex appeal, Akio Toyoda is making clear which categories of vehicles will work for the luxury brand and which simply aren't seductive enough. In changing times, Honda's Hachigo says he's open to partnerships Mon, 2 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda, known for its independence, now is open to collaboration with other automakers, said CEO Takahiro Hachigo. Investor Harry Wilson to speak at World Congress Mon, 2 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Harry Wilson, the activist investor who this year prodded General Motors to buy back $5 billion in stock, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Nissan's Ghosn says missing margin goal carries consequences Mon, 2 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is warning heads might role if the automaker doesn't achieve his ambitious target of an 8 percent operating profit margin by March 31, 2017. 0 to 60? There's more to the power of EVs than that Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mark Reuss is among the last guys you'd expect to downplay the importance of a car's 0-to-60-mph time. But that's just what the Nurburgring-certified test driver and General Motors' resident car guy did last week. GM's Barra: 'We can lead and disrupt others' Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST In her first year as CEO, Mary Barra battled the demons of General Motors' past. In the second, she has been trying to predict far into the future. JLR's Speth: Our 'heart and soul' will remain in UK Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover is on the verge of unprecedented changes. Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth, 60, says upcoming big moves will help the automaker. Delphi's Jeff Owens aims to speed tech to market Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST From developing cleaner diesel emissions components to increasing the capability of infotainment systems to improving automated driving, Jeff Owens, Delphi Automotive Systems' chief technology officer, has a full plate these days. Dealership takes auto-retail career pitch into schools Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST When he is not running Barberino Nissan, Managing Partner John Mocadlo visits local high schools and junior high schools to tell students that -- in so many words -- being in the car business is cool. Guess who made the best CEOs list? Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The prestigious Harvard Business Review published its annual list of Best Performing CEOs last week, which included former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, who resigned amid the diesel emissions scandal. Obituaries Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Jim Thomas, who worked in automotive sales, marketing and public relations, died Sept. 23. He was 67. A clash of styles for Cadillac Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen and GM product development boss Mark Reuss are having a running debate over Cadillac's edgy styling. VW's Horn must use his candor wisely Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST VW of America CEO Michael Horn's candor could be his best asset or his Achilles' heel as he assumes the burden of being Volkswagen's public face in the U.S., a key pillar in its hopes for a recovery from the diesel emissions scandal. New VW boss in N.A. was a hit in China Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Winfried Vahland, Volkswagen's new North American chief, is a former General Motors executive who won his spurs reviving VW's business in China and later boosting its Skoda subsidiary in the Czech Republic. New Americas chief likes where Aston is going Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer's bold plans for the British sports car maker have turned heads in the industry, including Laura Schwab's. Ammann joins auto baron enclave Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Detroit's elegant Palmer Woods subdivision neighborhood has been home to some of the biggest names in the U.S. auto industry. Add to the list General Motors President Dan Ammann, who purchased one of the 100-year-old enclave's landmark homes. Eurostars honored Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares, left, celebrates his 2015 Group CEO Eurostar award with Automotive News Group Publisher KC Crain, right, and PwC global automotive sector leader Rick Hanna. Is Piech still pulling the strings at VW? Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Ferdinand Piech, 78, who ruled VW with an iron hand for nearly a quarter century, reportedly is flexing his muscles from exile. Obituary Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealer Tom Cole died Sept. 6. He was 73. Cole bought his first dealership, Century Buick in Kalamazoo, in 1981. Automotive News is on the lookout for talented execs on the rise Mon, 7 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Do you know a young leader at an automaker or supplier in North America? Automotive News is seeking nominations for the Rising Stars award. Fields, Ghosn lead Congress lineup Mon, 7 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields and Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will head a star-studded lineup of speakers at the Automotive News World Congress in January. Obituary Mon, 7 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Jeff Boyd, a former auto dealer and dealership executive, died Aug. 19. He was 56. Boyd owned Jeff Boyd Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge in Fort Mill, S.C., from 1986 to 1997 and sold it to Sonic Automotive Group. New Orleans dealers recall aftermath of the storm Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, killed at least 1,000 people in Louisiana and turned New Orleans into a vast flood zone. A pair of New Orleans-area dealers recall the aftermath of the storm and how it changed their business. Meet Mazda's master of driving feel Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Each MX-5 Miata now arriving in U.S. showrooms reflects the tastes of Dave Coleman, a 43-year-old engineer at Mazda's randd center in Southern California who has become the official arbiter of how a U.S. Mazda should drive. Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:53:08 EST Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving. What a difference a Trump -- and a day -- can make for Ford Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Score another one for Donald Trump. Obituary Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jean Mayer, who rose through the ranks at Ford Motor Co. to become a global purchasing executive, died Aug. 5. She was 61. De Nysschen's Cadillac: On track, but a slow one Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Johan de Nysschen says his first-year report card offers a glimpse of his vision for the future, one in which Cadillacs are coveted luxury goods rather than simply decent cars that consumers will consider if the deal is enticing enough. The man charged with meeting Nissan's profit-margin goal Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Trevor Mann, Nissan's chief performance officer and a self-declared efficiency fanatic, has the automaker within striking distance of its goal of an 8 percent operating-profit margin by spring 2017. Obituaries Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Johanna Quandt, 89, the billionaire widow whose husband turned Germany's BMW AG into the largest maker of luxury cars, died Aug. 3 at her home in Germany; Jim Brown, who built a dealership group in northeastern Ohio, died July 29. He was 75. FCA swaps cudgel for counsel Sun, 9 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Exactly one year after Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne slammed suppliers for their double-digit profit margins, the company has adopted a more supplier-friendly approach in its purchasing operations. How a quiet visionary changed an industry Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Don Smith, "the real author of the management briefing seminars," was a quiet, thoughtful man content to let the facts and numbers speak for themselves. %]