Management Changes

PHILIP NUSSEL

A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors.... Read More »

 

GM seeks new PR boss, replaces human resources chief

11:21 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
General Motors today said its public-relations chief is leaving and appointed a new head of human resources, with both moves effective immediately. A GM spokesman, Greg Martin, said the actions are not connected to the company's ongoing recall crisis, but rather a result of Mary Barra's appointment as CEO three months ago.... Read More »

 

Longtime J.D. Power exec Tucker named CEO of DealerRater.com

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Online car dealer review site DealerRater has named Gary Tucker as the company's first CEO, taking on the role split between founder Chip Grueter and Vice President Jamie Oldershaw since 2002.... Read More »

 

Magna says Stronach payouts end this year after $52 million in consulting fees in 2013

3:52 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Canadian auto supplier Magna International paid $52 million in consulting fees to billionaire founder Frank Stronach in 2013, but the company is stressing that his compensation will stop at the end of this year.... Read More »

 

Aisin Seiki names Toyota veteran Yoshiaki Kato as tech center president

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki today said Yoshiaki “Yoshi” Kato has become president of the Aisin Technical Center of America in Plymouth, Mich., near Detroit.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Barra's role as change agent collides with 33 years as daughter of GM

6:37 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra presented herself as a change agent during congressional testimony this week. Senator Barbara Boxer wasn't buying. “I am very disappointed, really as a woman to woman, because the culture you're representing here today is the culture of the status quo,” said the California Democrat, who questioned Barra's ability to change a company that took a dozen years to address ignition switch flaws linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

GM recall becomes case study in how bad news gets to the CEO

6:26 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced incredulity from Washington lawmakers over a deadly flaw that by GM's account took more than a dozen years for the boss to hear about. Lawmakers asked Barra, head of the country's biggest automaker, why it took until 2014 for GM to recall some 2.6 million vehicles with a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when people inside the company had known about the flaw as early as 2001.... Read More »

 

Infiniti names French executive as new Europe head

April 3, 2014 10:47 CET
Infiniti has named former Ford executive Francois Goupil de Bouille as head of its European operations to succeed Fintan Knight, who was in the post for less than a year.... Read More »

 

Hyundai chief Chung Mung-koo earned $13 million last year

7:39 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Hyundai Motor Chairman Chung Mong-koo earned a combined 14 billion Korean won ($13.09 million) in pay last year from the South Korean automaker and its two key affiliates in their first such disclosure under new rules.... Read More »

 

VW's Tenn. plant chief is reassigned

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Frank Fischer, who has led Volkswagen AG's operations in Chattanooga since the automaker announced its return to U.S. manufacturing in 2008, has been reassigned to lead an assembly plant in Germany.... Read More »

 

VW reassigns U.S. plant chief Fischer amid management shuffle

March 27, 2014 17:20 CET
Frank Fischer, who has led VW's operations in Chattanooga since the automaker announced its return to manufacturing in the United States in 2008, has been reassigned to lead an assembly plant in Germany.... Read More »

 

VW reassigns Chattanooga plant chief Fischer amid management shuffle

11:20 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Frank Fischer, who has led Volkswagen AG’s operations in Chattanooga since the automaker announced its return to manufacturing in the United States in 2008, has been reassigned to lead an assembly plant in Germany, the company announced today.... Read More »

 

GM exec will lead Chrysler tranny unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Chrysler Group has hired Jeffrey Lux, a General Motors executive who worked on the Chevrolet Volt, to head its transmission program.... Read More »

 

Chrysler names ex-GM exec Lux as new transmission boss

2:47 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
Chrysler Group has named a former General Motors executive as its new head of transmission powertrain. Jeffrey Lux, 50, former executive director of powertrain new-product launch for GM, replaces Mircea Gradu, who parted ways with Chrysler in January.... Read More »

 

Presidio founder to head automotive practice

12:20 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2014
Presidio, a key player in the buying and selling of auto dealerships in the United States, last week named a new head of its automotive investment banking practice after the recent departure of the practice's former leaders.... Read More »

 

Former GM CEO Akerson returns to Carlyle as vice chairman

10:17 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
Carlyle Group named Dan Akerson, who stepped down as CEO of General Motors in January, to the role of vice chairman of the board of directors and special adviser. Akerson joined Carlyle March 1 in the private-equity firm’s Washington headquarters and will give operational, investment and management guidance to the investment teams, firm management and the board, Carlyle said today in a statement.... Read More »

 

GM board to lose three members as UCLA's Telles says she will step down

5:10 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
General Motors now expects to lose three of its outside board members this year. Cynthia Telles, who joined the GM board in April 2010, plans to step down after the company's annual shareholder meeting this summer, GM said today.... Read More »

 

Ally names Jeffrey Brown to replace Muir as CEO of dealer financial unit

5:01 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
Ally Financial has appointed Jeffrey Brown as CEO of Ally Dealer Financial Services, succeeding the veteran Bill Muir, who will retire later this year.... Read More »

 

Honda's board gets 2 doses of diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Honda Motor Co. is elevating a foreigner to the highest level yet at the Japanese company -- one rung below the board. It also has named its first woman to the board.... Read More »

 

Back to Britain for ex-Volkswagen exec Browning

March 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Jonathan Browning, who departed as CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. operations in December after a tumultuous year, has returned to his native England -- but not as an auto exec, exactly.... Read More »

 

Design chief leaps into top job at Lexus

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Can star designers become big car company division chiefs? Toyota's going to give it a try with global design chief Tokuo Fukuichi, who last week was named president of Lexus International.... Read More »

 

Back to Britain for ex-Volkswagen exec Browning

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Jonathan Browning, who departed as CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. operations in December after a tumultuous year, has returned to his native England -- but not as an auto exec, exactly.... Read More »

 

Honda taps first female board member in diversity push

Feb. 24, 2014 09:32 CET
Honda appointed its first female board member today and promoted a foreigner to the highest position yet held by a non-Japanese in a move to inject wider outside perspective into its top management as it expands internationally.... Read More »

 

Renschler hired by VW to push truck alliance

Feb. 21, 2014 23:03 CET
VW Group appointed former Daimler executive Andreas Renschler to its management board to deepen cooperation at its commercial vehicles operations.... Read More »

 

Audi names VW executive as production chief

Feb. 21, 2014 08:21 CET
Audi named Volkswagen executive Hubert Waltl as its production chief. Waltl succeeds Frank Dreves who is retiring.... Read More »

 

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