Management Changes

VW quality chief quits amid diesel scandal fallout

Feb. 8, 2016 17:32 CET

Volkswagen named company veteran Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler as head of group quality assurance, replacing Frank Tuch who held the job for six years and, according to sources, was suspended amid the automaker's emissions scandal....
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Chrissy Taylor named Enterprise COO

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Christine "Chrissy" Taylor has been promoted to Enterprise Holdings Inc.'s COO, the company said today....
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VW, seeking approval on emissions fix, replaces top U.S. lawyer

11:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Volkswagen AG replaced the head of its U.S. legal department with an outside lawyer as it seeks approval to fix nearly 600,000 vehicles that had software allowing them to cheat on emission levels....
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CarMax CEO Tom Folliard to retire by end of year

10:34 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

CarMax CEO Tom Folliard will retire by the end of the year, the used-car retailer said today. He will be succeeded by Bill Nash, the executive vice president of human resources....
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Campbell-Ewald CEO Palmer terminated by parent company

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Jim Palmer is out as CEO of Campbell Ewald, the Detroit ad agency known for its longtime ties to General Motors. The agency's parent company said today it terminated Palmer, effective immediately....
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Takata says CEO has no plans 'as of now' to step down

Jan. 29, 2016 11:22 CET

Takata said its CEO Shigehisa Takada had no intention to resign "as of now" as the airbag maker struggles with a long-running safety recall crisis....
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GM names executive to lead autonomous driving efforts

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles. Doug Parks, GM's vice president for global product programs, will become vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to global product chief Mark Reuss....
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Takata prepares CEO exit over airbag safety crisis, report says

Jan. 28, 2016 11:20 CET

Takata is preparing the ground for the exit of its CEO, Shigehisa Takada, Reuters reported, as pressure builds on the airbag maker following a huge global recall over faulty inflators that can explode with excessive force....
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Johnson Controls' CEO brings his own scandal to Tyco

12:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

First came the affair. Then the Ponzi scheme. Now -- a $28.8 billion transaction involving two storied American corporations. It's been a remarkable run for JCI CEO Alex Molinaroli....
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Apple's Zadesky, head of electric car project, to leave company, report says

10:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Apple's Steve Zadesky, who has been overseeing the company's electric car project for the last two years, has said he is leaving the company, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter....
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Mercedes-Benz USA names Chamberlain as VP of sales

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Mercedes-Benz USA today named Adam Chamberlain its vice president of sales, effective April 1. Chamberlain, 42, replaces Dietmar Exler, who was promoted to CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA in December following the resignation of former CEO Steve Cannon....
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VW overhauls development process to prevent another diesel scandal

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Volkswagen AG is changing the way it creates new models by giving developers more responsibility for overseeing a car from concept through the end of production to help prevent another diesel emissions scandal....
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VW picks ex-BMW manager to head core brand in North America

Jan. 19, 2016 16:21 CET

Volkswagen has picked ex-BMW manager Hinrich Woebcken to run the North American business of its core brand as the automaker faces growing criticism of its handling of the emissions scandal in the U.S....
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VW will hire ex-FBI chief Freeh for U.S. role, report says

Jan. 19, 2016 09:36 CET

Volkswagen plans to hire Louis Freeh, a former FBI chief, to help the automaker deal with authorities in the U.S. investigating its emissions scandal, a German newspaper said. Freeh had a similar role at Daimler....
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Former Daimler exec named as Tata Motors CEO

Jan. 18, 2016 15:06 CET

Tata Motors has appointed former Daimler executive Guenter Butschek as its new CEO, two years after the death of previous chief Karl Slym....
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Fiat Chrysler names first-ever 'safety advocate'

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Fiat Chrysler said today that Kristen Kreibich will be its first-ever safety advocate, responsible for “promoting greater awareness” of auto safety....
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VW motorsport director Capito moves to McLaren

Jan. 14, 2016 16:53 CET

Volkswagen motorsport director Jost Capito has been appointed CEO of McLaren Racing. He replaces Jonathan Neale who has been handed a wider remit as chief operating officer of McLaren Technology Group....
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Ally Financial targeted by activist hedge fund

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

The hedge fund pushing for changes at Ally Financial said today it wants to work closely with the U.S. auto loan company's management team but is disappointed with its initial response....
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Phil Murtaugh to resign as CEO of China's Qoros Automotive

7:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

Auto industry veteran CEO Phil Murtaugh will resign from Qoros Automotive for personal reasons after less than a year at the helm of the fledgling Chinese automaker, which is backed by Kenon Holdings and Chery Automobile Co....
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Nissan names new Europe marketing chief

Jan. 5, 2016 15:41 CET

Nissan has promoted company veteran Jean-Pierre Diernaz to its new Europe marketing head....
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GM names Barra chairman; Solso stays on as lead director

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

GM's board of directors has elevated CEO Mary Barra to the role of chairman, replacing Tim Solso, who will continue to serve as lead independent director. She will remain CEO of the automaker. Solso has been chairman since January 2014, the same time that Barra took the CEO job....
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Wheel supplier Superior gets makeover under new CEO Stebbins

11:17 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2015

Superior Industries, the longtime auto supplier with roots dating back to 1957 in southern California, is reinventing itself and the wheels it makes. New CEO Donald Stebbins is aiming to take Superior away from being a “middle of the road” supplier....
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BLOG: Why auto suppliers need to confront their brain drain

7:32 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2015

Top talent isn't abandoning the auto industry, necessarily. It's just moving to the innovators in the car market, many of them makers of self-driving and electric cars....
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Mercedes' new U.S. boss inherits full pipeline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

Incoming Mercedes-Benz USA boss Dietmar Exler will face mounting competition among luxury automakers in 2016 just as his brand reaches the peak of its product offensive....
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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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