Management Changes

Opel shakes up Russia operations

Sept. 16, 2014 09:30 CET
Opel will reorganize its Russian operations in response to difficult market conditions amid the crisis over Ukraine. The GM subsidiary will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift....
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VW-SAIC joint venture names industry veteran as president

Sept. 12, 2014 16:30 CET
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, a joint venture between VW and SAIC Motor, hired veteran executive Chen Zhangxian as its new president. Shanghai VW operates five plants in China and sold 1.1 million VW and Skoda vehicles in the first eight months....
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GILLES CASTONGUAY

Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

4:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
After Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said he will no longer lead the sports car brand, he and Sergio Marchionne made a great show of being good friends, but they weren't fooling anyone....
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Hertz reaches pact with Icahn to replace 3 directors

4:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Hertz Global Holdings reached an agreement in principle with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to appoint three directors to the board of the rental-car company in place of current members....
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Marchionne to become Ferrari chairman as Montezemolo quits

Sept. 10, 2014 08:57 CET
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo will step down as chairman of Ferrari as of Oct. 13 and will be replaced by Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Fiat said....
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Nissan taps BMW's Krueger to head Infiniti

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Nissan has poached BMW veteran Roland Krueger to head its leaderless Infiniti luxury unit, lending a touch of German flair to a brand struggling to break out of the second tier. Krueger, 48, steps into a brand twice stung by recent defections, first by brand President Johan de Nysschen's departure in July, then by the exit of its chairman, Andy Palmer, last week....
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Delphi CEO O'Neal to retire in March; CFO Clark to succeed him

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Delphi Automotive said CEO Rodney O'Neal will retire in March and be succeeded by CFO Kevin Clark. O'Neal, 61, will remain with Delphi as an adviser until the end of 2015, the former General Motors parts unit said in a statement today. Clark, 52, becomes COO on Oct. 1 before taking the top job March 1....
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Hertz CEO Frissora steps down amid shareholder pressure

9:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Hertz CEO Mark Frissora, who took the helm of the rental car giant after a successful stint as head of auto supplier Tenneco, stepped down today after investors pushed for his removal, citing accounting and operational missteps....
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Mazda names new sales chief for Europe

Sept. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda veteran Martijn ten Brink is the automaker's new head of sales in Europe. He takes on the role at a time when the brand is enjoying a resurgence following the launch of new models....
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Renault names new product planning, Russia chiefs

Sept. 2, 2014 11:16 CET
Renault announced top management changes that included naming a new product planning chief and a new boss for the region that includes the key Russian market....
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Nissan exec Palmer leaves to become Aston Martin CEO

Sept. 2, 2014 08:56 CET
Andy Palmer, the car-guy chief planning officer at Nissan, who was once tipped as a possible future CEO, is leaving the company to head UK sports car maker Aston Martin....
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VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said today....
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Lotus hires former Kia Europe exec Lievens

Aug. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Lotus has hired Jean-Charles Lievens, Kia's former European markets expert, to develop the automaker's sales network in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal....
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Barra's career path shows how a woman becomes CEO, but can more follow?

7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Mary Barra made corporate history seven months ago when she became the first female CEO of a major global carmaker. Yet for all the gains made by women in the highest levels of major corporations, most are still in the wrong jobs if they want to follow Barra's career path....
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Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European design operations....
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Cadillac considers moving some staff functions to Manhattan

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Cadillac is considering adding or shifting some staff functions from Detroit to Manhattan, GM said today, as part of an effort to remake the brand's image and broaden its appeal outside North America under new boss Johan de Nysschen....
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Supplier Dayco names John Bohenick CEO

11:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Automotive belt and pulley supplier Dayco Products today named John Bohenick as its new CEO. Bohenick will replace James Orchard in the position....
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Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Bigland, 47, one of the rising stars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had been head of the company's fast-growing Ram brand. Robert Hegbloom, 50, director of Ram, will take over for Bigland, Chrysler said today in a statement....
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Former GM veteran, Fisker boss Posawatz to join INRIX board

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Tony Posawatz, the former vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt who also briefly headed Fisker Automotive, has joined the board of directors for telematics company INRIX....
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Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's safety record grows. Tom Finelli, 44, Chrysler's current director for global standardization, will assume responsibility for North American purchasing and supplier quality, effective immediately, Chrysler said today....
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Bentley names VW China exec as CFO

Aug. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Bentley has appointed Joerg Mull, executive vice president of finance at Volkswagen Group in China, as its new finance chief....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

GM tries new tools to lure young talent

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
General Motors needs new workers, but young people have the impression that factory work is dull, dingy and monotonous. That partly explains why GM is experimenting with a stream of new tools and innovative factory ideas....
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VW production chief Macht quits amid manufacturing troubles

Aug. 1, 2014 15:19 CET
VW production chief Michael Macht has left the automaker amid claims that CEO Martin Winterkorn is unhappy with the rollout of the automaker's new MQB vehicle architecture. He is the second top executive to leave VW within a week....
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THE GM RECALL

Akerson says GM's problems were worse than execs thought

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker's delayed ignition switch recall was indicative of a flawed corporate culture that was worse than he and other executives had originally recognized....
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Volkswagen marketing chief quits

July 25, 2014 22:20 CET
Volkswagen's global marketing head, Simon Thomas, will leave the post after about a year in the job. Thomas, a former top Nissan Europe executive, said he is leaving VW at his own request....
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