Management Changes

Mazda's O'Sullivan to retire as head of N.A. operations; Masahiro Moro to take helm Jan. 1

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Jim O'Sullivan, an auto industry veteran and current CEO of Mazda's North American Operations, will retire at the end of the year, the automaker said Monday. Mazda has named Masahiro Moro as O'Sullivan's successor....
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Mercedes U.S. chief Cannon to leave; Dietmar Exler named successor

10:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon is leaving the automaker to head the company that owns the Atlanta Falcons. Dietmar Exler, 47, will become CEO of Mercedes Benz USA effective Jan. 1, Mercedes said in a statement today....
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Ghosn: Nissan, Renault each need CEOs after him

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Carlos Ghosn, joint CEO of Nissan and Renault, will ramp up integration of the companies next year by focusing on a new area of operation. But he says there is one are where he eventually wants to decouple the partners: the CEO suite....
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VW appoints 5 new group leaders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Volkswagen appointed five executives to key groupwide positions last week after being widely expected to eliminate several multibrand functions in the wake of the diesel test-rigging scandal....
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VW chairman eyes job rotation for key roles, report says

8:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2015

Volkswagen plans to limit the time staff can remain in certain roles, its supervisory board chairman told a German newspaper, in a step to improve oversight at the German carmaker....
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Can a former GM exec chart VW's brand course?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2015

Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller has a big challenge for former GM executive Thomas Sedran -- figure out where the embattled automaker and its 12 brands need to be in 2025 and create a road map to get there....
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Porsche names new production chief

Dec. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche has named VW Group veteran Albrecht Reimold as new production boss to replace Oliver Blume who was promoted to Porsche CEO....
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VW names new r&d, sales, design, production and product chiefs

Dec. 17, 2015 12:07 CET

Volkswagen named five new leaders for its development, sales, design, production and product divisions as the automaker rebuilds its executive ranks following the upheaval spurred by an emissions cheating scandal....
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VW will continue paying former CEO Winterkorn for another year, report says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2015

Volkswagen's former CEO Martin Winterkorn will be paid by the carmaker until his contract expires in a year's time, sources close to the company's supervisory board told Reuters....
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Daimler chairman wants sales chief groomed as next CEO, report says

10:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2015

Daimler sales chief Ola Kaellenius could be in line to become the carmaker's next CEO, but not for several years as incumbent Dieter Zetsche may have his contract extended by three years through 2019, a German magazine reported....
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Supply chain veteran Doug DelGrosso named CEO of Chassix

9:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

Longtime supply chain executive Douglas DelGrosso has been named CEO of Chassix, a precision chassis casting and machining company that emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year....
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Lamborghini CEO Winkelmann will be replaced by former Ferrari F1 boss Domenicali, sources say

Dec. 16, 2015 13:19 CET

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann will be replaced by Stefano Domenicali, the former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, sources said....
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Ghosn succession clouds future of Renault-Nissan alliance

Dec. 15, 2015 11:07 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the companies are unlikely to stick with one chief executive after him, complicating the future of the alliance's structure that is already being tested by French government intervention....
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GM quality chief Grace Lieblein to retire at end of month

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Grace Lieblein, GM's vice president of global quality and a key player in GM’s bid to improve its supplier relations in recent years, will retire at the end of the month. Her retirement was announced internally earlier this month, a GM spokeswoman confirmed today. Her replacement will be announced “at a later date,” according to a Dec. 1 internal memo....
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CDK says Anenen stepping down as CEO; Brian MacDonald named successor

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

CDK Global CEO Steven Anenen will step down from his role at the dealer software provider by June 30, the company said....
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VW Group's new chief strategist must rework roadmap for key brands

Dec. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller has a big challenge for former General Motors executive Thomas Sedran -- determine where the embattled automaker and its 12 brands need to be in 2025 and create a roadmap to get there....
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VW picks Garcia Sanz to oversee handling of diesel scandal

11:07 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2015

Volkswagen Group has picked one of its most experienced executives, Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, as the executive in charge of cleaning up its diesels scandal. The automaker also named Skoda's Frank Welsch as VW brand's new head of technical development....
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Metaldyne co-president Amato to step down

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2015

Thomas Amato, co-president of powertrain components supplier Metaldyne Performance Group, will step down from the position at the end of the year, the company said today....
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AM General names manufacturing expert Andy Hove as CEO

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

AM General, manufacturer of specialty military and civilian vehicles, has named Andy Hove CEO, replacing Charlie Hall, who is retiring. The transition will take effect in early 2016....
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Tesla's 1,656 job openings underpin quest to become profitable

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Tesla Motors had 1,656 job openings posted as of Monday afternoon. After losing $1.88 billion since 2007, Tesla is piling on the personnel as it offers more models, builds the world's biggest battery factory and expands globally, including stores opening this week in Mexico City and Edinburgh....
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GM says Kaher Kazem to head India unit

11:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

General Motors said Kaher Kazem will become head of its India unit effective Jan. 1 after the current chief, Arvind Saxena, retires as general manager at year-end....
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Renault names former EV boss as sales and marketing chief

Dec. 3, 2015 15:40 CET

Renault named its former EV program boss, Thierry Koskas, as the company's sales and marketing chief. His appointment splits the roles of chief performance officer and head of sales and marketing....
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Audi appoints new chairman, development boss to bounce back from scandal

Dec. 3, 2015 23:08 CET

Audi appointed VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller to replace Martin Winterkorn as chairman and Stefan Knirsch as development chief to succeed Ulrich Hackenberg. Both moves are part of the luxury brand's efforts to recover from the fallout of emissions rigging....
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GM global media director Jonathan Halvorson has left

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2015

Jonathan Halvorson, director of global media strategy and branded entertainment at General Motors, has left the company after only eight months in the role, a spokeswoman confirmed....
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Citroen appoints new China chief for DS brand

Dec. 1, 2015 11:50 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen has named company veteran Thierry Poriat as general manager of its DS subbrand in China....
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