Management Changes

BMW names ex-Mini plant boss next production chief

March 12, 2015 14:15 CET

BMW Group has promoted manufacturing expert Oliver Zipse to succeed incoming CEO Harald Krueger as head of production. Zipse has held senior posts in product strategy and technical planning and previously served as head of Mini's UK plant....
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BMW, VW changes shake up Germany's top auto ranks

March 11, 2015 06:01 CET

When Harald Krueger becomes CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as boss of the VW brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their early or mid-50s, marking a generational shift for the industry....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why it's hard to tally Sergio's pay

10:27 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's compensation package is wildly confusing given the structure and how it is reported. There's the conversion of euros to dollars to consider, the value of stock options and other variables. So what's the real number?...
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Barra's management style signaled in Wilson negotiations

4:03 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

General Motors' swift, tidy resolution of Harry Wilson's advance on its board and balance sheet has GM CEO Mary Barra's fingerprints all over it. By that, I mean it was handled efficiently and inclusively, without raising the temperature or decibel level in the room, by all accounts....
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Toyota shake-up brings diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp.'s new diversity drive goes far beyond ethnicity and gender. In an equally pivotal break with tradition, Toyota upgraded a crop of relative newcomers, who lack the years of schooling in the Toyota Way once deemed a prerequisite for advancement....
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BMW CEO Reithofer sees challenges mounting for his successor

March 4, 2015 21:46 CET

The new boss of BMW Group, Harald Krueger, will have to cope with the rise of electric cars, automated driving and new competitors, as well as the traditional uncertainties over consumer demand and fuel prices, the company's outgoing CEO, Norbert Reithofer, said....
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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET

Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward

6:34 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. After a three-year plan that has brought success step-by-step, he now gets a new role with even more responsibility....
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A shakeup in Germany’s top auto ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s....
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Diess a shoo-in for VW CEO? Not so fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

When Volkswagen poached Herbert Diess from BMW in December, the 56-year-old product development ace became the front-runner to succeed Martin Winterkorn as CEO. But it ain't over till it's over....
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Former BMW exec Diess starts as VW brand boss in July

Feb. 27, 2015 16:20 CET

Former BMW executive Herbert Diess will take charge of Volkswagen's core brand from Martin Winterkorn three months earlier than planned, VW said....
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Group 1 names banker Doyle Arnold to its board

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

Group 1 Automotive has named a new director to its board seven days after another director resigned. The retailer said today its board of directors appointed Doyle Arnold, 66, as a Class I Director, effective immediately....
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VW CEO Winterkorn sees former BMW, Daimler managers as potential successors, report says

Feb. 25, 2015 13:04 CET

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn sees Andreas Renschler and Herbert Diess, who are joining VW from rivals Daimler and BMW, among his potential successors, according to a German magazine....
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Faurecia N.A. boss Heneka to retire March 1; Stidham named new president

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

Mike Heneka, who led an immense expansion effort in the US as president of Faurecia North America, will retire on March 1, the seating and emissions systems supplier said today....
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Honda CEO Ito to step down after quality lapses

1:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Honda President Takanobu Ito said he will step down and named Takahiro Hachigo, an r&d executive with wide international experience, as his replacement following a string of quality lapses that spurred a round of internal reforms....
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Ghosn pledges patience amid churn at Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Nissan's Carlos Ghosn last week turned to another fresh face in his latest efforts to spark the Infiniti luxury brand. Unlike predecessors with backgrounds at Porsche and Ford, this one was groomed at General Motors....
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GM names new top lawyer as embattled Millikin retires

9:43 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015

General Motors has named Craig Glidden, the top attorney at a global plastics and chemicals refiner, to succeed departing chief counsel Michael Millikin. Glidden, 57, oversaw legal, communications, government-affairs and compliance functions at LyondellBasell Industries, a Dutch company with US headquarters in Houston. Before that, he was general counsel at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co....
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Chrysler brand head Gardner's duties will include dealer network

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appointed current Chrysler brand head Al Gardner to replace Peter Grady as vice president of its dealer network when Grady retires at the end of March, the automaker said today....
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Ford hires analyst Casesa as VP of global strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

John Casesa, who created the closely watched “Car Wars” report that ranks the competitiveness of automakers' product lineups, will become Ford's head of global strategy, a new position....
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Black Book's Beggs to retire April 1

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Ricky Beggs, senior vice president and editorial director for Black Book, will retire April 1, the company said today....
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Infiniti's Bartsch is out as Americas chief

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Michael Bartsch, a former Porsche executive hired in 2013 to lead Infiniti in the Americas, has left the company in the latest executive shakeup at Nissan's luxury brand. Bartsch has been replaced by Randy Parker, who has been vice president of Nissan's Western Region, Infiniti said in a statement today....
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Honda CEO Ito resists moves for his ouster, report says

6:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, under fire for how he is dismantling the traditional way the Japanese car maker sources parts and technologies, has resisted moves for his ouster and will fight on for another two-year term, four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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AutoNation promotes 2 executives

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

AutoNation is expanding roles for two executives and increasing the number of executives who report directly to CEO Mike Jackson....
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Activist investor urges Lear to split in two for seating, electronics

11:25 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

An activist investor is urging Lear to split in two for better shareholder value. Marcato Capital Management LLC sent a letter to Lear's board today urging the company to split its two divisions -- electrical and seating -- into two separate companies....
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Qoros hires former GM China boss as CEO

Feb. 3, 2015 12:45 CET

Chinese carmaker Qoros appointed Phil Murtaugh, a former General Motors China boss, to run the company after struggling to boost sales. Qoros has been selling vehicles in its European test market, Slovakia, since late 2013....
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