BLUE BIRD CORP. - Stewart Pickett has been appointed Western regional sales manager for the Commercial Bus Products Group of Blue Bird Corp. in Macon, Ga. He was a product specialist in the Commercial Products Group.
Blue Bird makes school buses and the Wanderlodge and BMC motor homes.
CHRYSLER CORP. - Francis Duffey of Chrysler Corp. has been elected to a three-year term as a director of the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Duffey is a product development specialist in the field of automotive lubricants.
CHRYSLER FINANCIAL CORP. - Jeremiah 'Jerry' Farrell, president of Chrysler Financial Corp., will retire Feb. 28 after 27 years with the company. He has been president since 1985.
No successor has been named.
Farrell joined Chrysler Financial in 1967 and is a 36-year veteran of the automotive financial services business. He began his career with Associates Discount Corp.
'The role of a strong and creative captive financial unit has become critical to success in the U.S. auto industry, and Jerry Farrell has played a key role in the growth and, more importantly, the stability of Chrysler Financial Corp.' said Chrysler Corp. Chairman Robert Eaton.
'He can take great pride in his accomplishments at CFC.'
Ford Motor Co. realigned its finance activity to support its global approach to treasury functions.
David McCammon was named finance vice president and chairman of the treasury matters committee of the company's policy and strategy committee.
McCammon will be in charge of the realigned treasury operation and consolidation of worldwide operations.
McCammon was finance vice president and treasurer. Succeeding him as treasurer is Malcolm Macdonald, who was an assistant treasurer.
Three new assistant treasurers were named: Beth Acton, Jack Frazee and Rick Yeager.
FRUEHAUF DE MEXICO - Fruehauf Trailer Corp. named a new Mexican operations executive and appointed several key American executives to the board of directors of Fruehauf de Mexico.
Thomas Roller, Fruehauf Trailer Corp. president and chief executive officer, will serve as chairman of the new board of directors of Fruehauf de Mexico.
Other directors are Derek Nagle, Fruehauf Trailer's newly appointed senior vice president of North American sales and distribution, who most recently was general manager of sales and distribution; Joseph Damiano, former director of strategic planning and analysis, who now is vice president of those activities, and Salvador De Jesus Saavedra, who has joined Fruehauf de Mexico as director of manufacturing operations and will be board secretary.
Fruehauf previously announced the consolidation of its Mexican, Canadian and U.S. sales and distribution under Nagle.
Saavedra was operations director and technical director for Sachs Mexico, the Mexican unit of Fichtel and Sachs GmbH, a German automotive components manufacturer.
Saavedra will report to G. Allan Gaboric, who has been promoted to the newly established position of senior vice president of North American Trailer Operations. Gaboric was general manager, vans and reefers for Fruehauf's U.S. Trailer Operations.
Grumman Allied Insustries - James McConnell has been appointed president of Grumman Allied Industries, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp. He was vice president and general manager of commercial programs for Voight Aircraft Co., also a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman.
Olson Division of Grumman Allied makes walk-in vans.
MACK TRUCKS - William Dougherty has been named vice president of vocational customer focus for Mack Trucks Inc. He heads a new platform team that is devoted to the company's vocational (construction, refuse, etc.) product line.
Dougherty was vice president of financial planning and control. He has been with Mack 28 years.
Thomas Kelly has rejoined Mack as director of materials management, the position he held from 1991 to 1994. Most recently, he was plant manager of Navistar International Corp.'s plastic operation in Columbus, Ohio.
AEROQUIP - Mark Sockness has been named vice president for planning and control at Aeroquip Corp. in Maumee, Ohio.
He was a finance executive in International Operations at Chrysler Corp.
ALLIEDSIGNAL AUTOMOTIVE - AlliedSignal Automotive has set up a global anti-lock braking systems organization and has named Joseph Gray to head it.
Since last September, Gray has been president of Bundy Corp. in Warren, Mich., a manufacturer of automotive fluid-carrying systems.
Before that, he spent 10 years at Kelsey-Hayes Corp. in Livonia, Mich., where he was vice president of North American ABS operations.
The new unit is based at AlliedSignal Automotive's headquarters in Southfield, Mich. It integrates the company's current North American and European ABS business operations and will include a new global core product development group.
The company's regional ABS operations for light vehicles will continue to be led by Steven Gifford, vice president, ABS North America, and Roger Tourneur, vice president, ABS Europe.
In addition to Bendix braking systems, AlliedSignal Automotive's major products include safety restraint systems, turbocharging systems, filters and spark plugs.
BASF CORP. - Albert Winterman has been appointed director of automotive business, plastic materials and urethanes for BASF Corp. The two polymer businesses have been consolidated under one management team in Wyandotte, Mich. Winterman has been with BASF Plastic Materials since 1987.
ROBERT BOSCH CORP. - Robert Bosch Corp. appointed David Robinson president of its newly formed Bosch Automotive Motor Systems Corp. The unit was set up to further develop Bosch's small motor business in North America.
It is a division of Bosch's Automotive Group in Farmington Hills, Mich., and it combines the operations of BG Automotive Motors in Hendersonville, Tenn.; Airflow Research and Manufacturing Corp. in Belleville, Mich., and portions of Robert Bosch Mexico.
Robinson was vice president of heavy-duty sales and engineering for the Automotive Division.
Beda Bolzenius is executive vice president of Bosch Automotive Motor Systems. He continues as president of Robert Bosch SA de CV in Toluca, Mexico.
John Moulton succeeds Robinson, and Peter Marks replaces Moulton as vice president of plant management for Bosch in Charleston, S.C. Danny Hyman moves into Marks' former spot as vice president of plant management in Anderson, S.C. Hyman was manager of manufacturing operations and engineering at Anderson.
BOSTIK INC. - Larry Ichimura has been named automotive business development manager, Japanese transplants, for Bostik Inc. of Middleton, Mass., maker of adhesives, sealants and lubricants. He was with the Marketing Development Division of General Electric Plastics Japan. Ltd. in Nagoya, Japan.
Bostik is a unit of Total, a French chemical company.
BREED TECHNOLOGIES INC. - Allen Breed, chairman and chief executive officer of Breed Technologies Inc., has added the duties of president and chief operating officer of the company. Gary Tessitore, former president, has resigned.
Breed Technologies of Lakeland, Fla., makes airbag inflators and modules and airbag sensing systems.
DANA CORP. - Bob Fesenmyer has been named general manager of Dana Corp.'s Spicer Driveshaft Division. He replaces Wayne Myers, who recently was named president of the Spicer Driveshaft Group. Fesenmyer was manager of Spicer's driveshaft plant in Gordonsville, Tenn.
Timothy Sheppard has been appointed director of quality for Dana's North American Operations. He was director of quality for the company's Victor Products Division and is vice chairman of the Truck Action Group of the Automotive Industry Action Group.
Dana also named Lee Murray general manager of the Automotive Distribution Sales Division, which sells Dana's Perfect Circle, Victor, Reinz, Spicer and Weatherhead products to the aftermarket. Murray was marketing director for the division.
DELCO REMY AMERICA INC. - Carl Pittner has been named plant manager in Anderson, Ind., for the Automotive Systems Division of Delco Remy America Inc. He was sales vice president for Green Tokai Co., an automotive components supplier.
Delco Remy America was formed with the purchase of General Motors facilities. It makes batteries and electrical components.
DETROIT DIESEL - Randall Lawrence, 45, has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer for Detroit Diesel Corp. He succeeds Leland Grubb, who resigned.
Since 1978, Lawrence, 45, has served in financial positions with Penske Corp., Detroit Diesel's majority shareholder.
Most recently, he was chief financial officer of Penske Automotive Group Inc.
Detroit Diesel makes heavy-duty diesel and alternative-fuel engines and engine parts for trucks and buses and for the construction, mining and industrial, power generation, marine and military markets.
EAGLE OTTAWA LEATHER CO. - Three vice presidents have been named by Eagle Ottawa Leather Co. of Grand Haven, Mich., supplier of leather for automotive upholstery. The new vice presidents are:
Helmut Beutel, research and development worldwide.
Bob Clements, manufacturing operations, worldwide.
Stephen Korc, quality and technical administration, worldwide. He was executive director for quality, worldwide.
The company also named Kevin Velik director of product management, and appointed Michael McLellen to replace him as director of manufacturing.
Jean Bina has joined the company as design manager.
EATON CORP. - Alan Best has been named vice president of Truck Components Operations for Eaton Corp. The group includes Eaton's Transmission Division,Axle & Brake Division, Road-ranger Field Marketing and Aftermarket Products, all headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Best was vice president of truck components for Europe. Succeeding him is Joaquin Zuza, general manager of operations for Truck Components Operations, Europe.
FINDLAY INDUSTRIES - DANIEL JENNINGS has been named director of engineering and design for Findlay Industries. He is based at the company's Sales and Engineering Center in Troy, Mich. He will retain his present duties as program manager for Findlay's Navistar business.
Jerry Stalo Jr. has been appointed manager of fabrication activities for Findlay. He was with General Motors.
Findlay Industries of Findlay, Ohio, makes sewn soft trim, seats, headliners, door and trim panels and other components.
HAYES WHEELS INTERNATIONAL - Michael Beffel has been named director of manufacturing development for the North American aluminum wheels business of Hayes Wheels International Inc. in Romulus, Mich.
Beffel was operations manager at PCC Airfoils in Douglas, Ga.
LANCASTER COLONY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP - Brian Ferron has been named sales vice president for Rubber Queen, and Jim Fortier has been appointed marketing vice president for Lancaster Colony Rubber Group.
Ferron was national sales manager for Rubber Queen, and Fortier was a marketing consultant for Lancaster.
The company makes Rubber Queen floor mats and splash guards and original-equipment products for cars and trucks.
MARK IV INDUSTRIES - Bruce McNiel and Kurt Johansson have been appointed senior vice presidents of Mark IV Industries Inc. in Amherst, N.Y.
McNiel, 46, is president of Mark IV's Dayco Products' worldwide and North American operations.
Johansson, 53, is executive vice president of Dayco and president of Dayco's European Operations.
Dayco of Dayton, Ohio, makes belts, hose, filters, engineered drive systems and related components.
MASCOTECH - James Walker has been named director of sales and marketing for MascoTech Accessories/Rack Systems Inc. He was automotive sales and marketing manager of the safety restraints operation for AlliedSignal Automotive.
MascoTech of Auburn Hills, Mich., makes luggage/sport racks and accessories.
PPG INDUSTRIES - Five appointments were announced by PPG Industries, maker of coatings, glass, fiberglass and chemicals. They are:
E. Kears Pollock, 54, vice president of coatings and resins, reporting to executive Vice President Raymond LeBoeuf, from whom he assumes operating responsibility.
Richard Zahren, 51, vice president of automotive products, coatings and resins, succeeding Pollock. Zahren was vice president of automotive products operations, coatings and resins.
Gary Weber, 51, vice president of science and technology. He succeeds Paritosh Chakrabarti,who left to own and operate a polymer chemicals business acquired from PPG. Weber was vice president of glass technology.
William Hernandez, 46, senior vice president of finance. He was vice president and controller.
Dan Kiener, 43, controller, succeeding Hernandez.
PRESTOLITE ELECTRIC - R. Patrick Nay has been named vice president of corporate marketing for Prestolite Electric Inc. and vice president of sales for its Alternator Products Division. He was national account sales manager for General Car and Truck Leasing System in Davenport, Iowa.
Prestolite of Ann Arbor, Mich., makes alternators, starter motors, speed controllers, DC motors, regulators and relays for heavy trucks and industrial and military equipment.
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL - Rockwell Automotive has appointed James Sharkey Eastern regional original-equipment-manufacturer account manager for its trailer products business. He was on-highway product application engineer for Rockwell's North American truck systems business.
The Eastern region includes 17 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The states are Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.
Arun Vijan has been named product director of air systems for Rockwell WABCO Vehicle Control Systems. He was manager of aftermarket products for Rockwell's Off-Highway Products Division.
Rockwell WABCO is a joint venture of Rockwell International and American Standard's WABCO Automotive Products Group. It makes anti-lock and air-brake systems for trucks.
A.G. SIMPSON AUTOMOTIVE - Six appointments, including two new vice presidents, were announced by A.G. Simpson Automotive Inc.
The vice presidents are Brian Ahlborn, sales and marketing, and Peter Wood, technology.
Also named were:
Bob Cariglia, director of business development.
Dick Chatterton, director of operations, bumpers.
Walter Foster, director of operations, stamping. He continues as manager of the Scarborough, Ontario, plant.
Bruce Johnson, director of operations, metal processing.
SPARTAN MOTORS - Roger Burrows has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for Spartan Motors Inc. He was with General Motors for 23 years before joining Spartan in 1993 as director of marketing, sales, service and parts.
Spartan Motors of Charlotte, Mich., makes chassis for RVs, trucks and buses.
STANADYNE AUTOMOTIVE - William Gurley has been named president of Stanadyne Automotive Corp. in Windsor, Conn. He succeeds C. Eugene Brady, who will continue as a director.
Gurley was executive vice president of Stanadyne. That position will not be filled.
Stanadyne makes diesel fuel injection equipment.
SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES - V. Bond Evans has been elected a director of Superior Industries International Inc. in Van Nuys, Calif., maker of aluminum wheels. Evans was president and chief executive officer of Alumax, an aluminum company.
TALON AUTOMOTIVE GROUP - Jane Riepen has been named controller of Talon Automotive Group in Royal Oak, Mich., maker of interior trim and structural modules. She was division controller for Kelsey-Hayes ABS in Livonia, Mich.
JERVIS B. WEBB CO. - Roy Harris has been named Midwest regional sales manager for Jervis B. Webb Co. of Farmington Hills, Mich. Webb makes material handling systems. The Midwest zone comprises Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and southwest Illinois.
Walbro Automotive Corp. of Auburn hills, Mich., maker of fuel system components, has appointed six vice presidents. They are:
Richard Burks, sales and marketing and business development. He was director of Chrysler programs.
Robert Carlo, finance. He was controller at Gencorp Automotive.
John Augustyn, operations. He joined Walbro in 1988 when it purchased Whitehead Engineered Products, where he was director of operations.
Michael Zdroik, engineering. He has been with Walbro since 1989.
George Bucci, research and development. He held that job with Whitehead.
Hans Schwochert, blow mold products. He was president of Schwochert Inc. before joining Walbro in 1994.
WOHLERT CORP. - John Ulmanis has been named manufacturing director for Wohlert Corp. He has worked for Ford Motor Co. and John Deere Corp.
Wohlert of Lansing, Mich., makes flywheel ring gears, flexplates, flywheels and welded rings.
ALLIED HOLDINGS - Daniel Popky has been named assistant vice president and controller for Allied Holdings in Decatur, Ga. He was with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Atlanta.
Allied Holdings transports cars and trucks from assembly plants and rail ramps to dealers.
AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS - James Robinson has been named vice president of public affairs for the American Trucking Associations. He was public affairs and communications director for the California attorney general.
GE CAPITAL FLEET SERVICES - Ricardo Silva has been named senior vice president of finance for GE Capital Fleet Services in Eden Prairie, Minn. He was finance director for GE Capital Retailer Financial Services in the United Kingdom.
GE Capital Fleet Services has 730,000 cars, trucks and specialty vehicles under lease and service management throughout the world. It is a subsidiary of General Electric Co.
LOUIS BERKMAN CO. - James Ciula has been named president of Meyer Products Division of Louis Berkman Co.
The division is in Cleveland and makes snow plows and salt spreaders for four-wheel-drive utility vehicles.
Ciula was executive vice president and general manager of the division.
HAYES-LIGON CORP. - John Oster II has joined Hayes-Ligon Corp. as director of operations. He formerly operated his own database consulting firm.
Also joining the company is Don Noland, product team manager for European manufacturers. He was with Mercedes-Benz of North America.
Hayes-Ligon of Rockville, Md., produces service pricing guides for the parts and service operations of auto dealerships.
LEX SERVICE - Four appointments were announced by Lex Service PLC, a British financial services company with extensive automotive interests. They are:
Jon Walden to managing director of the Lex Retail Group, which manages the company's 103 auto dealerships in the United Kingdom. He was managing director of Lex Vehicle Leasing and chairman of Hyundai Car (UK).
David Beck to managing director of Lex Automotive International.
He was managing director of the Lex Retail Group.
David Galloway to managing director of Lex Vehicle Leasing. He will retain responsibility for Lex Autocentres.
Peter Cosgrove to head of Transfleet truck rental and Lex's 18 commercial-vehicle distribution businesses that reported to Galloway. Cosgrove retains responsibility for fork-truck rental and for import operations - Harvey, Lex Komatsu and Haveron.
LUDVIGSEN ASSOCIATES LTD. - Graham Sayles has been promoted to managing director of Ludvigsen Associates Ltd., an automotive consulting and services company in London.
Sayles was managing associate for finance and administration at Ludvigsen.
SANDY CORP. - Brian Leslie has been named vice president of Chevrolet marketing for Sandy Corp. of Troy, Mich., and Ted Przybocki has been appointed creative director for Sandy's Chevrolet marketing activities.
Kimberly Downs has joined Sandy as business lead for Chevrolet marketing.
All were with Venture Communications Inc. Leslie was president and founder of Venture; Przybocki was creative director, and Downs was business manager.
SEMA - Robert Hellmuth has joined the Specialty Equipment Market Association as head of the Washington office.
He will replace Bob Burch as vice president of technical and legislative affairs when Burch retires in July.
Hellmuth was director of the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.