Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 26 May 2015 06:00:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes Agustin Martin http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150526/ANE/306049998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-agustin-martin Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Agustin Martin of Toyota Spain. Automotive News Europe salutes Yanik Cantieni http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150525/ANE/306039998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-yanik-cantieni Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Finance is Yanik Cantieni of Faurecia. Automotive News adds reporter http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM02/305259972/automotive-news-adds-reporter Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Hannah Lutz has joined Automotive News as finance and insurance reporter, writing for the website, weekly print issue and weekly FandI newsletter. Lutz, 23, is based in Detroit. Now that's what we call a hands-on executive http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM02/305259978/now-thats-what-we-call-a-hands-on-executive Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST When one of Mark Reuss' classic cars needs a bit of roadside repair, he doesn't reach for a cell phone. General Motors' head of global product development goes for a wrench. Automotive News Europe salutes Armin Prommersberger http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150522/ANE/306039999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-armin-prommersberger Fri, 22 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Harman's Armin Prommersberger. Automotive News Europe salutes Virginie Maillard http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150521/ANE/306029998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-virginie-maillard Thu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Renault's Virginie Maillard. Automotive News Europe salutes Massimo Frascella http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150520/ANE/306029999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-massimo-frascella Wed, 20 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Design is Massimo Frascella of Jaguar Land Rover. Automotive News Europe salutes Alessio Franco http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150519/ANE/306019998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-alessio-franco Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Communications is Ford of Europe's Alessio Franco. Automotive News Europe salutes Olivier Rabiller http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150518/ANE/306019999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-olivier-rabiller Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Aftersales and Service is Olivier Rabiller of Honeywell. Porsche's U.S. boss prepares for more growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM02/305189976/porsches-u-s-boss-prepares-for-more-growth Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche's U.S. CEO expects this year to reach the brand's target of selling more than 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. The increased sales aren't enough to justify U.S. production. But Porsche does have plans for more U.S. Lentz on Lexus: Few regrets http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM02/305119948/lentz-on-lexus-few-regrets Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz says it would have been wiser for Lexus to have invested in a three-row crossover instead of the sporty RC coupe. But Lexus' performance this year has left little reason for regrets. High-level meeting minus high-level hoopla http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM02/305119945/high-level-meeting-minus-high-level-hoopla Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST You'd probably get an image in your head if we told you we saw the president of General Motors preparing to meet with the head of North American operations at the company's Renaissance Center aerie overlooking the Detroit River. Denise McCluggage has legacy as racing, journalism pioneer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM02/305119967/denise-mccluggage-has-legacy-as-racing-journalism-pioneer Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Denise McCluggage, a pioneering motorsports journalist, race car driver and author who was 'the heart and soul' of Autoweek magazine, died May 6. She was 88. Munoz says Nissan's 10% U.S. share in reach http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049968/munoz-says-nissans-10-u-s-share-in-reach Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan Chairman Jose Munoz faces a difficult assignment: He must take Nissan and Infiniti to a combined 10 percent US market share by March 2017, up from 8.4 percent at the end of 2014. At Mercedes, signs point to a strong year http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049969/at-mercedes-signs-point-to-a-strong-year Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Two years from now, Mercedes-Benz USA will be a different company with "a new level of energy," CEO Steve Cannon said. 2 industry titans in turmoil http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049956/2-industry-titans-in-turmoil Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Two of Europe's automotive titans, long used to getting their way in boardroom intrigues, suffered rare defeats in late April that threaten to alter permanently the empires they built. Caddy wants unique team, unique powertrains http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM04/305049977/caddy-wants-unique-team-unique-powertrains Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Dave Leone, Cadillac's chief engineer, says he wants to differentiate Cadillac powertrains in terms of power, refinement and sound. Marchionne: Here's what I'm not talking about http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049973/marchionne-heres-what-im-not-talking-about Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Addressing analysts on a conference call last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne made a presentation he called "Confessions of a Capital Junkie: An Insider Perspective on the Cure for the Industry's Value-destroying Addiction to... Marchionne: Automakers must consolidate http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049983/marchionne-automakers-must-consolidate Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The world's automakers spend billions of dollars each to develop their own four-cylinder engines. That's a sure sign that the industry's business model is broken, said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. DARCARS keeps focus amid lawsuit, CEO says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150503/RETAIL07/305049976/darcars-keeps-focus-amid-lawsuit-ceo-says Sun, 3 May 2015 00:01:00 EST DARCARS Automotive Group faced a human- and public relations nightmare after the founder's daughter, Tamara, sued her father and the company while media coverage of the rift prompted calls for a boycott. Piech's career battles will be his legacy http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150420/BLOG15/304209901/piechs-career-battles-will-be-his-legacy Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. Shawn Coyle http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209994/shawn-coyle Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 39Title: Vice president, retail network solutions sales for North America, MSX International Inc.Big break: An internship in a Cadillac zone office In short order, Dan Ammann has soared to GM's top operations jobs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/RETAIL/304209966/in-short-order-dan-ammann-has-soared-to-gms-top-operations-jobs Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST After a surprise career change and startling ascension, Dan Ammann now oversees General Motors' operations around the world. Piech's career battles will be his legacy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/OEM02/304209934/piechs-career-battles-will-be-his-legacy Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. Electrification 'friend,' not threat, to BorgWarner http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/OEM02/304209928/electrification-friend-not-threat-to-borgwarner Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST BorgWarner CEO James Verrier, 52, sees electrification of the powertrain as a positive for his company despite the supplier's heavy reliance on parts that electric vehicles don't need. U.S. at the center of VW's crisis in Germany http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/OEM02/304209954/u-s-at-the-center-of-vws-crisis-in-germany Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The turmoil that nearly cost Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn his job last week is rooted in the company's travails in the U.S., where the VW brand has made precious little progress since Winterkorn took charge eight years ago. De Niro starts the engines on Ferrari film http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/OEM02/304209939/de-niro-starts-the-engines-on-ferrari-film Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Fans of Enzo Ferrari have waited a long time for a biopic of the great man. Now it appears they'll get their wish -- with Robert De Niro in the lead role. Google's top visionary to address engineers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/OEM06/304209958/googles-top-visionary-to-address-engineers Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Consider it a speech from the future. Ray Kurzweil, Google's director of engineering and renowned inventor, author and futurist, will be the keynote speaker at SAE International's World Congress in Detroit. Steve Zadesky http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209975/steve-zadesky Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 42 or 43 (est.)Title: Vice president of product design, Apple Inc.Big break: Leaving Ford Motor Co. for Apple to work on the original iPod. Petter Witt http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209976/petter-witt Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 41Title: BMW of North America regional vice president, Western regionBig break: Asked to help run a BMW management retreat for top U.S. executives. Jeremy Tucker http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209977/jeremy-tucker Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 38Title: Vice president, marketing communications and media, Nissan North AmericaBig break: Becoming a key member of the Doritos marketing team while at PepsiCo Vinay Shahani http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209978/vinay-shahani Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 41Title: Vice president, marketing, Volkswagen of AmericaBig break: Leaving Nissan after nearly 10 years to become VW's marketing chief Andrew Pontius http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209979/andrew-pontius Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 45Title: Director of product design and development for North American emissions control, FaureciaBig break: Switching from product development to factory management in 2007 Dave Pericak http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209980/dave-pericak Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 43Title: Director, Ford PerformanceBig break: Chief engineer of the 2015 Ford Mustang Ben Patel http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209981/ben-patel Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 47Title: Vice president for clean air, global randd and systems integration, TennecoBig break: Finding a mentor, Yale chemistry professor Bob Crabtree Jonathan Ord http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209982/jonathan-ord Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 44Title: CEO, DealerSocketBig break: Early success selling CRM software to such big groups as Penske Automotive and Ken Garff Automotive Andre Oosthuizen http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209983/andre-oosthuizen Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 43Title: Vice president of marketing, Porsche Cars North AmericaBig break: Being hired by Porsche in 2007 to lead marketing in the Middle East and Africa Ryan Nagode http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209984/ryan-nagode Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 34Title: Chief interior designer, Ram, Fiat, SRTBig break: Was lead interior designer for the 2009 Ram pickup makeover Michelle Morris http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209968/michelle-morris Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 42Title: Group director of automotive and financial services, FacebookBig break: In 2000, Morris transferred from human resources at ad agency BBDO to handle the Chrysler account Julien Montousse http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209969/julien-montousse Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 36Title: Design manager, Mazda Motor Corp.Big break: Designing the interior for the reborn Chevrolet Camaro Andy Love http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209985/andy-love Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 39Title: Head of car product marketing, Chrysler brandBig break: Being one of the first employees assigned to the reconstituted Chrysler brand after Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy Chantel Lenard http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209987/chantel-lenard Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 45Title: Director of U.S. marketing, Ford Motor Co.Big break: Led development of the 'Fiesta Movement' campaign in 2009 Gareth Joyce http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209988/gareth-joyce Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 42Title: Vice president, customer services, Mercedes-Benz USABig break: Getting assigned to Mercedes-Benz Netherlands Matt Jones http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209989/matt-jones Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 36Title: Head of future infotainment, Jaguar Land RoverBig break: Had an idea in 2009 for what an infotainment system should look like #8212; and told his boss about it Li Jiang http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209986/li-jiang Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 32Title: Manager, powertrain engineering gasoline systems, Robert BoschBig break: In 2010, Bosch assigned her to work on an advanced engine product funded by the U.S. Energy Department. Marissa Hunter http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209990/marissa-hunter Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 40Title: Director of FCA US brand advertising and head of Ram brand advertisingBig break: Joining Chrysler Group from BBDO as the automaker was coming out of bankruptcy Sheri Hickok http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209971/sheri-hickok Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 37Title: Chief engineer, GM's full-size pickupsBig break: Being picked in 2006 to run A World in Motion, an SAE volunteer program Bart Herring http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209991/bart-herring Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 45Title: General manager, product planning, Mercedes-Benz USABig break: Early in his career, helped persuade top Mercedes execs to increase vehicle leasing in the U.S. Jason Haase http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209992/jason-haase Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 32Title: Chief engineer architect, Harman InternationalBig break: Designed navigation system for Harley-Davidson Rick Gibbs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150420/UNDER4001/304209972/rick-gibbs Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Age: 39Title: Co-president, Dealertrack TechnologiesBig break: Promoted to president of Dealer.com in 2010 %]