Management Changes

Bridgewater Interiors names Ron Hall Jr. as CEO

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Bridgewater Interiors LLC appointed Ron Hall Jr. to CEO of the joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and Epsilon Technologies LLC....
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Fiat Chrysler management shuffle boosts Kuniskis, Manley

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has shuffled its North American upper management, giving more responsibility and brands to Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis and Jeep head Mike Manley. North American sales chief Reid Bigland also gets a larger role, taking over fleet sales....
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New VW boss in N.A. was a hit in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Winfried Vahland, Volkswagen's new North American chief, is a former General Motors executive who won his spurs reviving VW's business in China and later boosting its Skoda subsidiary in the Czech Republic....
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New Americas chief likes where Aston is going

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer's bold plans for the British sports car maker have turned heads in the industry, including Laura Schwab's. "I think there's a real buzz around the company right now and it's really tangible and they've got some incredibly interesting plans," said Schwab, hired from Jaguar Land Rover last week to be president of the Americas region....
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Aston Martin names JLR's Laura Schwab head of Americas

6:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Aston Martin has hired Laura Schwab from Jaguar Land Rover to be president of its Americas region. The British sports car maker said Thursday that Schwab's hiring will take effect Oct. 26....
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Daimler Chairman Bischoff has backing for another term

Oct. 2, 2015 16:25 CET

Daimler's supervisory board will seek to have Chairman Manfred Bischoff re-elected for another term at its annual shareholders' meeting in April....
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Mercedes names new chief of China r&d center

Oct. 2, 2015 12:10 CET

Mercedes named Hans Georg Engel to run its r&d center in Beijing where he will oversee the expansion of the unit, which is planned to almost double in size by the end of the year from when it opened in 2014....
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Winterkorn remains in four key VW posts

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Martin Winterkorn, the former boss of Volkswagen who quit last week saying he wanted to give the German carmaker a "fresh start" to tackle a scandal over rigged vehicle emissions tests, remains in four key positions involved with the group....
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Volkswagen expects emissions investigation to take months

11:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Volkswagen expects it will need at least several months to get to the bottom of the rigging of emissions tests on its diesel vehicles, which has turned into the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history....
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GM veteran Harvey to head Vauxhall

Oct. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

GM veteran Rory Harvey has been appointed head of the Vauxhall brand in the UK. Harvey, 47, succeeds Tim Tozer, who is leaving the company, GM said....
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VW seeks to boost finances to meet emission scandal costs

8:22 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Volkswagen is looking at ways to cut costs and boost cash flow and could sell more shares if the price of clearing up a scandal over its rigging of diesel emissions tests puts its credit rating at risk....
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VW braces for hit to business from emissions scandal

11:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

VW imposed a hiring freeze at its financing business and cut a shift at a German engine factory as it braces for a hit to business from cheating in diesel emissions tests. VW executives will examine later today the initial findings of an internal investigation into the biggest business crisis in the company's 78-year history, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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LG Chem CEO Prabhakar Patil to retire

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Prabhakar Patil will retire as CEO of LG Chem Power, effective Wednesday, the battery maker said today. He will be succeeded by Denise Gray, who helped develop the Chevrolet Volt's lithium ion battery system, starting Thursday....
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VW could lose big around the world

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

Volkswagen AG has been rattled to the core by a scandal that threatens to batter the VW brand around the world, hand a golden opportunity to its main rivals in Europe -- Ford and Opel -- and all but destroy a long, hard and so far fruitless effort to become a major player in the U.S....
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Mueller will push strategy shift to foster change

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2015

Matthias Mueller pressed the Volkswagen board to move ahead with a reorganization he helped devise before the carmaker was caught up in an emissions-cheating scandal, as the new leader seeks to put his stamp on the company....
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Insider named to head VW shows Germany Inc. insularity

7:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2015

If you place the resumes of Martin Winterkorn and Matthias Mueller side-by-side, it would be hard to spot the difference. After early positions at Audi, the outgoing and incoming Volkswagen chief executive officers spent the next 20 years hopping between development roles in the carmaker's 600,000-employee empire....
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VW names Mueller as Winterkorn's successor; Seat, Skoda get new CEOs; sales chief is out

Sept. 25, 2015 14:11 CET

VW Group's supervisory board named Matthias Mueller as the automaker's new CEO. Sales boss Christian Klingler is out, Winfried Vahland will lead North America operations and Audi sales chief Luca de Meo will head the Seat brand....
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Rolls-Royce N.A. president to step down for 'entrepreneurial role'

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Rolls-Royce North American President Eric Shepherd will step down from the position at the end of the year, the automaker said today. Shepherd will be succeeded by Pedro Mota, Porsche Cars North America’s vice president for the western U.S....
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Nissan taps Microsoft exec to lead global communications

9:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Nissan has hired Microsoft communications manager Jonathan Adashek to head global communications. He will replace Jeff Kuhlman, who is returning to the U.S. for family reasons....
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U.S. dealers oppose possible ouster of VW executive

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Volkswagen's national dealer council and other dealers are publicly opposing the VW supervisory board's reported plans to dismiss Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn....
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VW set to name Porsche chief as next CEO

Sept. 24, 2015 17:31 CET

Volkswagen Group's supervisory board will pick Matthias Mueller, the head of Porsche, as its next chief executive to succeed Martin Winterkorn, reports said....
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Porsche's Mueller called in to steer VW through crisis

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Porsche boss Matthias Mueller once joked that he was too old to run Volkswagen but the 62-year-old now looks certain to be given the task of steering the German car maker through the worst business crisis in its history....
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Scion names Gilleland vice president; Murtha takes new post at Toyota

9:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Scion, amid an aggressive product rollout, said today Andrew Gilleland will return to the brand as its vice president. He replaces Doug Murtha, 49, who will head corporate strategy and planning for Toyota in North America....
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Volkswagen seeks to fill power vacuum

Sept. 24, 2015 08:22 CET

The leading candidates to replace CEO Martin Winterkorn as VW Group CEO are Porsche chief Matthias Mueller, who is backed by members of the family that controls a majority stake in VW, and Herbert Diess, a former BMW executive who took over the newly created post of VW brand chief this year....
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BLOG: Winterkorn's exit should be a wake-up call for automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Martin Winterkorn's resignation Wednesday after nearly nine years as Volkswagen Group CEO is the latest signal that the industry has a serious problem with following the rules....
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