Management Changes

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 Bartsch has been replaced by Randy Parker, who has been vice president of Nissan's Western Region, Infiniti said in a statement today....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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Former GM exec Murtaugh hired as CEO of Chinese automaker Qoros

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Qoros Automotive, the Shanghai-based joint venture between China's Chery Automobile and Israel Corporation, appointed former GM executive Phil Murtaugh to run the company after struggling to boost its sales....
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Denso names new CEO; 9-month operating income drops 12%

6:46 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso today named manufacturing specialist Koji Arima as its new president and CEO. Denso reported separately that operating income fell 12 percent in the April-December period...
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Delphi names Gupta as new board chairman

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Delphi Automotive today named Rajiv Gupta as its new board chairman, effective March 1, replacing the retiring John Krol....
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Nexteer eyes brand development with HQ move to suburban Detroit

9:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Chinese-owned auto supplier Nexteer Automotive, the former Delphi steering unit, is moving its headquarters to suburban Detroit as it seeks to grow its brand recognition....
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Volvo's revival plan 'starts now'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

After its U.S. market share fell to the lowest level since 1978, Volvo has put its global product strategy chief in charge of North America and significantly boosted its marketing budget in preparation for an upcoming blitz of new vehicles. Lex Kerssemakers, a 55-year-old native of the Netherlands, replaces Tony Nicolosi as CEO of Volvo Cars of North America after a 15-month period in which sales continued to fall....
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Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government and community relations. McCall will have much to do as automakers lobby the EU to ease CO2 emissions targets and accelerate free-trade talks between Europe and the U.S....
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New Mini boss is former Audi executive

Jan. 22, 2015 09:32 CET

BMW named former Audi executive Sebastian Mackensen as head of its Mini brand. BMW is seeking ways to boost Mini's long-term profitability and is expected to discontinue three slow-selling Minis -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman....
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Toyota breaks ground on N.A. headquarters in Texas

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

A Toyota Tundra bulldozed through soil today in Plano, Texas, breaking ground on the automaker's new North American headquarters. Toyota in April said it would relocate the headquarters to Plano from Torrance, Calif. The move will consolidate engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate staff....
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McLaren names new design chief

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET

UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the company’s design director, Frank Stephenson....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Mercedes-Benz seeks new communication ties to customers

11:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is on a mission to expand its footprint in the digital world, improve its customer service and maintain its ionic status, Ola Kaellenius, the executive charged with the brand's marketing and sales, said today at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress....
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Aston Martin hires former Porsche exec as China boss

Jan. 13, 2015 15:45 CET

Aston Martin has hired former Porsche and BMW executive Michael Mingshan Peng as its new China boss as the UK sports-car maker seeks to boost sales in the country....
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Dana CEO Wood to retire in 2016

10:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Roger Wood, CEO of powertrain component supplier Dana, will retire in April 2016, the company said today....
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Tenneco names JCI executive Kesseler as new COO

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015

Tenneco named longtime Johnson Controls executive Brian Kesseler as its COO, effective Monday. Kesseler, 48, who has been president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions, replaces Hari Nair, who is retiring....
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Ford names Mark LaNeve head of U.S. marketing, sales and service

10:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015

Ford today said Mark LaNeve, a former top sales executive at General Motors, will take over as its new head of US sales, marketing and service as of Feb. 1. LaNeve, 55, replaces John Felice, who was the company's US sales chief for only 15 months. Ford said Felice, 53, “has elected to retire” after a 30-year career at the automaker....
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Hyundai, Kia promote younger execs, with eye on succession planning

7:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors promoted younger executives in moves analysts said would help smooth an eventual leadership succession at the family-owned conglomerate....
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Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

Dec. 17, 2014 18:09 CET

The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components....
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VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Dec. 17, 2014 15:22 CET

Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Former Porsche executive Wolpert, who oversees strategy affecting more than 100 models across the multi-brand group, will be moved to VW's heavy trucks division, two sources told Reuters....
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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014

Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies....
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