Management Changes

Sogefi names for Faurecia exec as new CEO

April 27, 2015 15:58 CET

Italian supplier Sogefi has named Laurent Hebenstreit as its new CEO. Hebenstreit, 54, a former director at Faurecia and Plastic Omnium, will succeed Guglielmo Fiocchi, who left the company late last year....
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LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT VOLKSWAGEN

Piech exit to shake up VW's politburo, creating U.S. opportunity

April 27, 2015 12:00 CET

The sudden departure of VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech may loosen his politburo-style management on the automaker, which could help VW finally start making cars Americans want to buy....
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VW leadership crisis escalates as board members criticize Piech

April 24, 2015 15:39 CET

VW's leadership crisis is refusing to go away, a week after its warring chairman and CEO officially put aside their differences, sources told Reuters. Chairman Ferdinand Piech, who was forced to back CEO Martin Winterkorn April 17, asked Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller this week to be ready to replace Winterkorn, Der Spiegel reported Friday....
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Piech denies reports saying he wants to oust Winterkorn

April 23, 2015 13:07 CET

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech denied reports that he is seeking to oust CEO Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported, quoting Piech. Separate German media reports had said that Piech aims to push out Winterkorn ahead of the carmaker's May 5 annual shareholder meeting....
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Piech's grip on VW weakened by row with CEO

April 19, 2015 18:12 CET

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech's iron grip on the automaker has been severely weakened after a confrontation with senior board members over the future of CEO Martin Winterkorn. The dispute could cost Piech his job as key power players at the automaker move to oust him, a German newspaper reported....
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VW's top board group backs Winterkorn as 'best possible' CEO

6:39 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Volkswagen AG's supervisory board leadership panel backed CEO Martin Winterkorn, defusing a power struggle with Chairman Ferdinand Piech in saying Winterkorn is the "best possible" chief executive for the German automaker....
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VW panel to meet today on leadership crisis, source says

April 15, 2015 19:08 CET

The steering committee of VW Group's supervisory board will meet today to try to resolve a leadership crisis caused by the exposure of a rift between its CEO and chairman, a source told Reuters....
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VW struggle in 'diplomacy phase' as investors weigh CEO change

April 15, 2015 12:11 CET

Volkswagen's leadership crisis has burst into the open with Chairman Ferdinand Piech's public denunciation of CEO Martin Winterkorn, but the standoff is now more likely to play out behind closed doors. Piech, 77, will meet his cousin, Wolfgang Porsche, and other family members to discuss the rift his comments appear to have opened up, sources said....
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Piech, Winterkorn to discuss VW leadership crisis, report says

April 14, 2015 10:22 CET

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech and the automaker's CEO, Martin Winterkorn, will discuss the company's leadership crisis when they meet in the next few days, a German newspaper reported. The two executives will discuss Piech's statement that he doesn't want Winterkorn to succeed him as VW chairman, the report said....
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Turmoil pushes Porsche chief to forefront of potential CEO race at VW

11:14 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

A rift between Volkswagen AG's two most senior executives threatens to create a power vacuum that's set to hasten the search for a new leader. Matthias Mueller, who oversees the Porsche sports-car division, may hold the best cards with his background in engineering and operational experience....
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Kia's new bosses have a tough act to follow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

The departure of Kia's top U.S. executive, Byung Mo Ahn, marks a pivotal moment for a brand that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and stability. Successor Jang Won Sohn and the just-promoted Michael Sprague are confronting intensified competition in small and midsize cars, where Kia has specialized....
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VW board members back Winterkorn after Piech criticism creates crisis

April 12, 2015 16:47 CET

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech faces resistance within the automaker's supervisory board to his criticism of CEO Martin Winterkorn, deepening a leadership crisis at the automaker. Piech publicly withdrew his confidence in Winterkorn but major VW power players including the powerful works council, the state of Lower Saxony and Piech's cousin, Wolfgang Porsche, rallied to Winterkorn's side....
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Winterkorn will not succeed Piech as VW chairman, report says

April 10, 2015 15:09 CET

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has no chance of succeeding Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman, a German magazine reported. The relationship between Piech and Winterkorn is unsettled, the magazine reported....
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Hamp, Toyota's first female senior exec, says building trust is top priority

12:15 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

Julie Hamp this week became Toyota's first female senior executive, overseeing global communications from Toyota City. Hamp said today her top priority is building trust at the automaker -- fixing disconnects between how Toyota sees itself and how outsiders view the company....
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Gilles promoted to FCA's global head of design

1:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Ralph Gilles, longtime chief designer for Fiat Chrysler in the United States, has been appointed head of design for the automaker’s global parent....
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Daimler plans to extend Zetsche's contract to 2019

April 1, 2015 15:25 CET

Daimler's supervisory board plans to extend CEO Dieter Zetsche's contract to 2019, making it more likely that old-guard executives such as Wolfgang Bernhard, Hubertus Troska and Bodo Uebber will lose out to younger managers the next time the post is available....
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LaSorda's IncWell names new CEO, partners

3:26 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Tom LaSorda has named longtime auto executive Simon Boag to replace him as CEO of IncWell LLC, an early-stage venture capital firm in suburban Detroit....
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Hyundai names sales veteran Schmid as No. 2 in Europe

March 31, 2015 11:21 CET

Hyundai has promoted Thomas Schmid to chief operating officer in Europe. He succeeds Allan Rushforth, who quit the automaker last October to become Nissan's global sales chief....
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Former GM Europe chief Forster will lead UK taxi builder

March 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Auto industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster, who once headed GM Europe and Tata Motors, is new board chairman at London Taxi Company, which builds the UK's iconic black cabs....
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Volvo appoints Europe boss as part of global reorganization

March 24, 2015 11:43 CET

Volvo named Anders Gustafsson as head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, one of three global business regions that also include new divisions for the Americas and Asia....
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Renault reinforces quality oversight

March 24, 2015 12:09 CET

Renault aims to improve its quality and customer satisfaction ratings by moving its Americas chief, Denis Barbier, to a new role overseeing those two areas....
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Is a focused, all-in Visteon now stable?

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

When Tim Leuliette steps down as CEO of Visteon Corp. late this year, he will leave behind a company working in just one major product sector: cockpit electronics. That's a radical change for Ford Motor Co.'s former in-house parts division, which had a vast, disjointed product portfolio....
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Nissan adds muscle to U.S. field ops

1:23 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz continues to put more power into the rising brand's US field organization, adding personnel to react faster to local dealer requests....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: China and cutting CO2 tough tasks for incoming BMW CEO Krueger

7:15 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees China and CO2 emissions as the biggest challenges facing incoming chief Harald Krueger when he takes over the top job from Reithofer on May 15....
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Cadillac Europe will be run by former BMW executive

March 15, 2015 06:01 CET

GM has appointed veteran BMW executive Andreas Schaaf as its new Cadillac chief in Europe. Schaaf replaces Thomas Sedran, a former interim CEO at Opel, who is leaving the automaker....
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