Management Changes

New UAW chief vows to keep pressure on transplants

4:30 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams said today that the union will intensify efforts to organize transplants, with Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel stationed in Tennessee to coordinate the drives....
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UAW primed for struggles ahead, Williams says

2:13 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams signaled in his inaugural speech that the union's priorities will be the 2015 contract talks with the Detroit 3 and national elections this year and in and 2016....
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Barra says recall crisis stemmed from GM's communication breakdowns

11:51 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said in an interview published today that she didn't know when GM's ignition switch defect surfaced because the company is so vast and communication between GM's 219,000 employees -- 326,000 at the time the problem emerged -- broke down....
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TRW names head of global communications

2:16 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Automotive safety technology supplier TRW Automotive today named Colleen Hanley director of global communications....
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Audi CEO Stadler gets contract extension

May 14, 2014 10:36 CET
Volkswagen has extended the contracts of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, VW sales and marketing boss Christian Klingler and VW China chief Jochem Heizmann....
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Superior awards new CEO Stebbins $2.6M in stock incentives

12:32 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Donald Stebbins, the former Visteon CEO who is taking the helm of wheel-maker Superior Industries International, is getting a compensation package that includes 132,455 restricted shares of common stock -- currently valued at about $2.6 million -- along with a base salary of $900,000 and other perks, according to company documents filed last week....
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BMW names motorcycle exec Blesse as CEO of Canada unit

2:46 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Hans Blesse, vice president of BMW Motorrad USA, will replace BMW Group Canada CEO Eduardo Villaverde, beginning the transition immediately and taking the title June 1, the company said today....
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GM reassigns executive who dealt with ignition switch probe

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
General Motors has reassigned an executive who dealt with federal safety regulators probing defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, as part of a restructuring meant to improve vehicle safety, the automaker said today....
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Nissan's marketing chief Brancheau departs

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Jon Brancheau, Nissan's North American marketing chief who helped the brand sharpen its image with consumers over the past four years, is leaving the company. Both Brancheau and Nissan officials today said the move was voluntary....
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PSA names new chiefs for Citroen and DS brands

May 7, 2014 12:02 CET
Citroen's UK chief, Linda Jackson, will replace Frederic Banzet as the brand's CEO while strategy director Yves Bonnefont, who is Citroen's deputy head, will lead the upscale DS line as it becomes a stand-alone unit....
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Marketing chief exits Subaru

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Dean Evans, who pushed Subaru of America into the world of digital marketing while its U.S. sales soared, has left after fewer than three years at the automaker....
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Barra gives advice on professional success to graduates

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra delivered the University of Michigan's spring commencement address Saturday, receiving an honorary degree in engineering and imparting lessons for professional success to more than 5,000 graduates in Michigan Stadium....
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Q&A

Ford's product pipeline will remain full, Fields says

7:23 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2014
Incoming Ford CEO Mark Fields says he will “stay relentlessly focused on bringing even more great products and innovations with top quality to the marketplace.”...
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Subaru U.S. marketing chief Evans departs

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2014
Dean Evans, who pushed Subaru of America into the world of digital marketing while its sales soared in the United States, has left after fewer than three years at the automaker....
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BRAD WERNLE

Bill Ford basks in harmonious transition

4:11 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
It was a joyous day at Ford's headquarters as Bill Ford sat between the man who saved the family company -- outgoing CEO Alan Mulally -- and Mark Fields, the man charged with leading Ford into the future....
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Former Hyundai chief Krafcik named president of TrueCar

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
John Krafcik, the former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has been named president of online shopping site TrueCar. Krafcik and TrueCar founder Scott Painter disclosed the hiring in an interview with Automotive News today....
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BRAD WERNLE

Bill Ford basks in harmonious transition

4:11 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Today was a joyous day at Ford World Headquarters. Chairman Bill Ford sat on the dais between the man who saved the family company -- outgoing CEO Alan Mulally -- and Mark Fields, the man charged with leading Ford into the future....
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Ex-Visteon chief Stebbins named CEO of Superior Industries

2:18 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2014
Donald Stebbins, the former Visteon CEO who was ousted in 2012 after a two-year dispute with board members, today was named CEO of aluminum wheel supplier Superior Industries....
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TOYOTA MOVES TO TEXAS

What's left for Torrance?

1:35 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2014
In moving from suburban Torrance to Plano, Texas, Toyota Motor Sales USA and Toyota Financial Services wanted a headquarters campus where there wouldn't be a barrier between established employees and the “new guys.” Everyone would have a fresh start....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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