GENERAL MOTORS - Lawrence Zahner to president of General Motors China, based in Beijing. He was vice president of GM China. He replaces Rudolph Schlais Jr., a GM vice president, who was named president of GM Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore.
Zahner, 44, has worked for GM in China since June 1997, when he became executive director of the GM China Opel Project and chief representative of Opel China GmbH. Opel at the time was bidding to take over a Peugeot plant in Guangzhou, near Hong Kong, and to build an engine plant nearby that could supply engines to GM in China and in Thailand. Zahner worked for the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group in Lordstown, Ohio, and Lansing, Mich., before becoming director of RAC Mexico, GM de Mexico, in 1993.
NISSAN MOTOR CO. - Kiyoshi Ishibashi to general manager of the New Transmission Co. Project and general manager of the transmission plant in Fuji, Japan. A Nissan director, Ishibashi was general manager of the Tochigi plant. In September, Nissan said it plans to either spin off its automatic transmission business or merge it with another transmission maker.
AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS - Geraint Castleton-White to general manager of the Twin Mass flywheel division, which will manufacture a system to reduce noise and vibration between a vehicle's engine and gearbox. Castleton-White joins AP, based in Leamington Spa, England, from TWR Engines. He has also worked for Lotus Engineering and Ford.
FORD MOTOR CO. - Dick Scammell, named managing director of Cosworth Racing, the racing engine specialist Ford purchased from Audi AG Scammel, 60, was director of racing for Cosworth from 1992 until he retired in 1996.
LDV - The van maker based in Birmingham, England, appointed Trevor Bonner to its board as a non-executive director. Bonner is managing director of the Automotive and
Agricultural Products division of GKN PLC. LDV also named Ian Strachan corporate affairs director. He joins LDV from Rover Group, where he was director of corporate and U.K. communications.
NISSAN EUROPE - Daniel Young promoted from managing director to president of Nissan Motor Espana. Young also was named a director of Nissan Europe NV, marking the first time the head of a Nissan national sales company has been named to the board.
NGK SPARK PLUGS (U.K.) Ltd. - Philip Jeynes named marketing manager. Jeynes, 47, joins NGK from Ferodo Ltd., a brake specialist, where he had been marketing manager since April 1996.
UNIPRES (U.K.) LTD. - Terry Hogg, formerly production control director of Nissan Motor's assembly plant at Sunderland, England, named joint managing director. He reports to Chairman Y. Egushi. Unipres, which is adjacent to the Nissan plant, is a major supplier to Nissan of heavy metal pressings and assemblies. Hogg is succeeded by John Griffiths.
FIAT AUTO - Andreas Zapa-tinas has returned to Fiat Auto as head of design at Alfa Romeo, replacing Walter da Silva, who has moved on to Volkswagen's Seat unit.
Zapatinas, a 41-year-old Greek who began his career at the Pasadena Art Center in California, had been at BMW AG, where he was responsible for interior and exterior design.
Zapatinas is no stranger to Alfa or Fiat. In 1988, as chief exterior designer at Fiat Centro Stile, Zapatinas was involved in the design of the Fiat Coupe and Barchet-ta. He also made a significant early contribution to the Alfa 145 before leaving for BMW.
In his new position he heads a team of designers who, since 1993, have generated the Alfa 145 and 146; the 156, which was named European Car of the Year for 1998; the just-launched 166; and the GTV and Spider sports cars.
AMERICAN ISUZU MOTORS - Terry Maloney, who quit as general manager of light-vehicle sales in January, has returned as vice president of public relations. Maloney, 50, will represent Isuzu's government relations, diesel manufacturing operations and its half of the Subaru-Isuzu Automotive plant in Indiana.
DUPONT AUTOMOTIVE - Robert Strazella and James Weigand named global business directors with the Troy, Mich.-based automotive supplier. Strazella becomes worldwide business director for DuPont's Chrysler and General Motors OEM finishes business, with primary responsibility for coordinating marketing, manufacturing and technical resources in automotive finishes related to the two automakers. Simultaneously, Weigand becomes DuPont worldwide business director for Ford.
EAGLE-PICHER-BOGE LLC -William Oeters named president of Eagle-Picher Automotive's Hillsdale Division. Eagle-Picher-Boge manufactures conventional and hydraulic rubber-to-metal components for suspension and driveline applications, supplying Tier 1 automotive suppliers and vehicle manufacturers.
FEDERAL-MOGUL CORP. - Gordon Ulsh named executive vice president for worldwide aftermarket. He was vice president of the automotive products segment of Cooper Industries Inc. Ulsh replaces Paul Lederer, who retired. Federal-Mogul is based in Southfield, Mich., and provides parts for cars and light and heavy-duty trucks.
MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS - Two moves near the top of Mazda's U.S. operations: Gordon Dick-ie, 46, shifts from director of customer service and parts operations to vice president of engineering, manufacturing and supply. Dickie moves from Irvine, Calif., to Mazda's factory in Flat Rock, Mich. He replaces Sid Hirose, who returns to Japan as Mazda Motor Corp.'s joint programs director. Also, Takaharu Kobayakawa, 57, formerly director of Mazda Research and Development of America, has been promoted to the new position of vice president of product planning and design of Mazda North American Operations.
OXFORD AUTOMOTIVE INC. - Stormy Hicks to senior vice president of corporate development and globalization, a newly created position. He was director of worldwide logistics planning, procurement and operations for Ford Motor Co. Oxford Automotive, based in Troy, Mich., supplies engineered metal components, assemblies and modules.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA - Robert Cosmai has left his post as vice president of sales for Acura Division for a similar title at Hyundai Motor America. In addition to working for Acura for eight years, Cosmai has worked for Mazda Motor of America, Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A. and Ford Motor Co. Cosmai said he took the Hyundai post because of the opportunity and challenge of turning around the troubled Korean automaker. His first priority will be to balance inventory to meet market demand, then to improve the company's brand image.
FORD OF CANADA - Tony Fredo, veteran vice president of public affairs for Ford of Canada, will retire Jan. 1 after a career that spanned 30 years and six presidents.
He said that threading the needle between the demands of the company and the media was the biggest challenge. 'I always felt I had to serve the media or I'd be no use to the company,' he said.
One of the most respected Canadian auto industry spokesmen, the Fort Erie, Ontario-born Fredo joined Ford in 1968 after a 16-year newspaper career. In 1984, he was transferred to Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., where he undertook assignments at Ford's North American Auto-motive Operations. He returned to Ford of Canada in 1986 as director of public affairs and was appointed vice president of public affairs, in 1987.
He will be succeeded as vice president of public affairs by Pamela Kueber, who is now director.
MITSUBISHI MOTOR SALES - Robert LaBossiere has been named vice president of parts and service, a consolidation of the two departments. He previously was vice president of parts.
Dave McKenzie has been named vice president of product engineering and quality assurance, a new department. He previously was vice president of service.
Odis Reid has been named vice president of business development. He previously was vice president of franchise development.
Frances Oda has been named vice president of sales operations, which now includes remarketing and incentives. She previously was vice president of distribution, logistics and retail development.
Gary Felps has been named director of fleet operations. He previously was western region director. With remarketing and fleet now moved to different departments, the position held by Clyde Elba, vice president of fleet and remarketing, has been eliminated.
Peg Dilworth-Hunt will retain the title of director of marketing, but assume the department's top spot, vacated by the departure of Katy Bremer, vice president of marketing.
Rich Donnelson has been named manager of customer management, a new department. He previously was western region service manager.
Greg Stahl has been named manager of retail development. He previously was manager of dealer and field systems.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG - Jerry Hsu has been named to the new post of vice chairman of Beijing Jeep Corp., and will move to Beijing. The Tokyo-based Hsu was Chrysler Asia-Pacific vice president and director of sales and marketing. DaimlerChrysler owns 42.4 percent of Beijing Jeep, and Beijing Automotive Industrial Corp. owns 57.6 percent. Hsu was China program development manager for American Motors Corp. when Chrysler purchased AMC in 1987.
Part of Hsu's new assignment is to bolster Beijing Jeep's marketing efforts now that private individuals represent China's fastest-growing segment of buyers. Government agencies traditionally have been the company's main customers.
'If you want to sell Cherokees, you have to do a better job of finding the customers. Who are they? Foreigners and returning affluent Chinese. But they're spread all over the country. We're hoping with Jerry being here, we will do better at finding them,' said Andy Okab, vice president of Beijing Jeep.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG - Steve Shugg has been named president of Chrysler Australia Pty. Ltd. He had been Singapore-based international technical operations manager. Beginning Jan. 1, Chrysler Australia will take over distribution of Chrysler vehicles in Australia from Singapore's Cycle & Carriage Ltd.