Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 1 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes Monica Genovese http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160601/ANE/306019999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-monica-genovese Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Purchasing is Monica Genovese of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Automotive News Europe salutes Gerald Mentil http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160531/ANE/305319999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-gerald-mentil Tue, 31 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Faurecia's Gerald Mentil. Automotive News Europe salutes Michael-Robert Buechsner http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160530/ANE/305309999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-michael-robert-buechsner Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is ZF TRW Automotive's Michael-Robert Buechsner. Rembrandts help refine the art of the sale http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/RETAIL07/305309969/rembrandts-help-refine-the-art-of-the-sale Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Robert Hoehn is a 21st century American car dealer who became obsessed with collecting prints made by a 17th century Dutch master who conjured dark, magical images using copper plates, acid, an etching tool and a press. Automotive News Europe salutes Stephane Alber http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160527/ANE/305269999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-stephane-alber Fri, 27 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Stephane Alber of Valeo Wiper Systems. Automotive News Europe salutes Peter Hill http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160526/ANE/305269998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-peter-hill Thu, 26 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Marketing is Peter Hill of Honeywell Transportation Systems. Automotive News Europe salutes Marcin Palmer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160525/ANE/305259999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-marcin-palmer Wed, 25 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for IT is Delphi Automotive's Marcin Palmer. Automotive News Europe salutes Carolin Gleichmann http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160524/ANE/305249999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-carolin-gleichmann Tue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Carolin Gleichmann of Hilite International. Bo Andersson, out of the shadows http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239973/bo-andersson-out-of-the-shadows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In a tucked-away corner of an empty restaurant, the familiar face emerges from the shadows, slipping into the room like a character from a John le Carré Russian spy novel. It's Bo Andersson. Yes, that Bo Andersson. Automotive News Europe salutes Ingo Fleischer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160523/ANE/305239999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-ingo-fleischer Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Ingo Fleischer of Johnson Controls. Automotive News Europe salutes Martin Fischer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160520/ANE/305209999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-martin-fischer Fri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Martin Fischer of BorgWarner Turbo Systems. Automotive News Europe salutes Luka Trapic http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160519/ANE/305199999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-luka-trapic Thu, 19 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Luka Trapic of Ferrari. Automotive News Europe salutes Richard Candler http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160518/ANE/305189999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-richard-candler Wed, 18 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Connected Car Management is Nissan's Richard Candler. Automotive News Europe salutes Florence Bailleul http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160517/ANE/305179999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-florence-bailleul Tue, 17 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Aftersales and Service is Florence Bailleul of Johnson Controls. No amour between Ghosn, French government http://www.autonews.com/article/20160509/OEM02/305099971/no-amour-between-ghosn-french-government Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Carols Ghoshn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, had a pretty decent year running Renault. His end-of-year compensation package of $8. The 'junk bond king' held court at 4 a.m. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/OEM02/305029983/the-junk-bond-king-held-court-at-4-a-m Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Former Ford and Chrysler public relations chief Jason Vines is out with a new book - this one co-authored by former American Motors CEO Joe Cappy. From guy off the street to executive VP http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/OEM02/305029981/from-guy-off-the-street-to-executive-vp Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Pettercq Witt, who was named executive vice president, operations, for BMW of North America last week, used a variety of gimmicks to get hired in the first place. How Audi will move forward from scandal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/OEM02/305029991/how-audi-will-move-forward-from-scandal Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In an interview, Stefan Knirsch, Audi's head of development, discusses the changes Audi has made in the aftermath of Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions-cheating scandal and his views on the future of diesels, e-motors and autonomous cars. VW whips up miracle view of U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160501/OEM02/305029959/vw-whips-up-miracle-view-of-u-s Sun, 1 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The U.S. may be ground zero for Volkswagen's diesel scandal, but company executives proclaimed it the most important source of long-term growth for VW and said they are at work on a new brand strategy for the region. Mini's challenge: Growing while it shrinks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160430/RETAIL01/305029976/mini-s-challenge-growing-while-it-shrinks Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW's top executive for Mini, Peter Schwarzenbauer, says it will be tricky to launch a fifth nameplate that both attracts consumers and fits the brand's image. ALG chief: Millennials will drive strong leasing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM02/304259993/alg-chief-millennials-will-drive-strong-leasing Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Millennials are paying off their student loans and moving out of their parents' basements. That cohort's emphasis on affordability will continue to drive lease growth, Jim Nguyen, the new head of ALG, predicts in this QandA. John Irwin joins Automotive News http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM02/304259959/john-irwin-joins-automotive-news Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has hired John Irwin as a general assignment reporter and Web producer. Mazda trains dealers to lift customer loyalty http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/RETAIL07/304189987/mazda-trains-dealers-to-lift-customer-loyalty Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda has a fresh product portfolio stocked with crossovers. But its new North American chief says the brand still has work to do to elevate customers' experience and earn their loyalty. Laura Stojan http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409884/laura-stojan Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 33Title: Senior manager, global head of seat purchasing, Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesBig break: As a new Chrysler employee, being exposed to a wide variety of engineering disciplines in the company through a... Jerome Dorlack http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409882/jerome-dorlack Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 35Title: Executive vice president, global commodity procurement, ZF Big break: Coming under the wings of TRW's CEO, COO and CFO while climbing the company's purchasing ladder. Dhivya Suryadevara http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409880/dhivya-suryadevara Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 36Title: Vice president of finance and treasurer, General MotorsBig break: Helping execute GM's offloading of $29 billion in pension liability in 2012 David DeGraaf http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409874/david-degraaf Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 45Title: President of emissions control technologies North America, Faurecia S.A.Big break: In 2008, DeGraaf was put in charge of JCI's General Motors account in Europe. BMW CEO Krueger joins Europe Congress lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM02/304119925/bmw-ceo-krueger-joins-europe-congress-lineup Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW CEO Harald Krueger will be the keynote evening speaker at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 8 in Munich. Sausage brats spoil Daimler shareholders meeting http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM02/304119927/sausage-brats-spoil-daimler-shareholders-meeting Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Last week, 5,500 Daimler AG shareholders attended the annual meeting and approved the biggest dividend in the automaker's long history. Nikolas Endrud http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409872/nikolas-endrud Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 42Title: President, Automotive Seating Business Group #8211; NAO, Faurecia SABig break: Being put in charge of Faurecia's Ford business unit Becky Blanchard http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409888/becky-blanchard Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 41Title: Director, Ram brandBig break: Participating in a Chrysler Institute of Engineering program that allowed her to rotate, through seven engineering disciplines William Gubing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409873/william-gubing Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 39Title: Global chief engineer at Ford Motor Co.Big break: Chief engineer of the Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptors Wendy Curcuri http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409881/wendy-curcuri Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 40Title: Global sales director, electronics and safety, Delphi AutomotiveBig break: Helped Delphi to win the contract to produce domain controllers for Audi AG's autonomous-driving system Thiemo Rusch http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409876/thiemo-rusch Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 37 Title: General manager, vehicle sales and operations, Audi of AmericaBig break: Being promoted to his current role Shilpan Amin http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409878/shilpan-amin Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 41Title: Executive director, global purchasing program management, General MotorsBig break: A two-year rotation in purchasing --- still going after nine years Mayra Gonzalez http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409885/mayra-gonzalez Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 39Title: Regional vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan MexicanaBig break: Developed a dealer network enhancement plan for Mexico in 2009. Laurent Bresson http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409883/laurent-bresson Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 44Title: COO, Nexteer Automotive Big break: Helped Delphi to develop the power sliding door for a PSA vehicle. Jeneanne Hanley http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409886/jeneanne-hanley Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 43Title: Global vice president of trim and craftsmanship, Lear Corp.Big break: Lear put Hanley in charge of its Chevy Volt program in 2010. 'It gave me a lot of exposure. J. Ofori Agboka http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409875/j-ofori-agboka Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 40Title: HR director, North America manufacturing strategy and global manufacturing staffs, General MotorsBig break: Assignment in China, 2007-10 Derrick Hatami http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409879/derrick-hatami Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 43Title: Vice president of national sales, Hyundai Motor AmericaBig break: Leading the merger of Hyundai's California and Western sales regions Carrie Uhl http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409887/carrie-uhl Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 42Title: Vice president of procurement, Americas, Magna InternationalBig break: Uhl managed Magna's stable of suppliers through the Great Recession. Greg Howell http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409889/greg-howell Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 38Title: Chief designer, Ram exterior, FCA USBig break: When Howell initially failed to land a job with Chrysler in 2000, Ralph Gilles, then a star designer at Chrysler, helped him recraft his design portfolio. Kitty Van Bortel is Time dealer of the year http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL06/304119989/kitty-van-bortel-is-time-dealer-of-the-year Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Kitty Van Bortel is the 2016 Time Dealer of the Year. Van Bortel, 61, received the award at the National Automobile Dealers Associaton convention. She owns Van Bortel Subaru in Victor, N.Y. Garagiola's 'Buy a car, get a check' pitch changed the game http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/RETAIL03/304049977/garagiolas-buy-a-car-get-a-check-pitch-changed-the-game Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Joe Garagiola's passing last month at age 90 was followed by numerous tributes to the baseball catcher turned broadcast funnyman. Largely overlooked, though, was Garagiola's incidental yet instrumental role in automotive history. Market what sets you apart -- your people http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/RETAIL07/304049974/market-what-sets-you-apart-your-people Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers should let online shoppers choose a salesperson in advance, just as they choose a vehicle, says DealerRater. Daimler heir apparent sets path forward for Mercedes http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/OEM02/304049953/daimler-heir-apparent-sets-path-forward-for-mercedes Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Ola Kaellenius, the heir apparent at Daimler, laid out a clear set of strategies for Mercedes to thrive in a changing automotive environment. Meet the man behind your sales report card http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/RETAIL07/304049981/meet-the-man-behind-your-sales-report-card Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Urban Science of Detroit supplies the mysterious and sometimes controversial analytics that are used by every auto manufacturer dealer network in the United States, and many others around the world. Ford's electrification chief stays plugged in http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/OEM02/304049958/fords-electrification-chief-stays-plugged-in Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Rather than retrenching from electrified vehicles, Ford is doubling down, committing $4.5 billion to develop the next generation of EVs and powertrains. And Kevin Layden is the man who will spend a big chunk of that cash. Former Fiat exec: VW fallout may hurt hybrids http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/OEM05/304049987/former-fiat-exec-vw-fallout-may-hurt-hybrids Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Full hybrids and plug-in hybrids will suffer most in the aftermath of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal, says former Fiat engineer Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of Europe's pre-eminent powertrain experts. Iliff joins AN as Dallas bureau chief http://www.autonews.com/article/20160328/OEM02/303289942/iliff-joins-an-as-dallas-bureau-chief Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST Laurence Iliff has joined Automotive News as Dallas bureau chief to cover Toyota's consolidated North American operations in north Texas and the rapid expansion of the auto industry in Mexico.