Cars and trucks
VOLVO CARS OF NORTH AMERICA INC. - Paul Welander, 40, to vice president of product and technical support. He has held several positions at Volvo Car Corp. From 1994 until 1998 he was director of testing, product and process engineering. He also has been group manager in the interior design department and manager of the materials laboratory.
Welander replaces Bjorn Holthe, who retired after 36 years at Volvo in Sweden and the United States. He held U.S. positions as general manager of product planning and development, vice president of the service division, and vice president of product and technical support.
PACCAR INC. - David Newbigging to the board of directors, effective April 27, 1999. He is chairman of Friends' Provident Life Office, a United Kingdom life assurance company.
PACCAR, based in Bellevue, Wash., designs, develops and manufactures light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, DAF and Foden nameplates.
NEW VENTURE GEAR INC. - George Pfeil to executive vice president of worldwide operations. He also is a member of the operating management team and a member of the board. Pfeil has 29 years of experience at Ford Motor Co. Most recently he was manager of the Ford Sterling Heights, Mich., gear and axle plant. He also led the team that designed, built and launched Ford's Romeo, Mich., engine plant, which incorporated team-based manufacturing methods.
Other appointments include:
Richard Sullivan to vice president of European operations, a new position. He was vice president and division manager of the Muncie Transmission Division.
Jack Wagner to vice president and division manager of the Muncie Transmission Division. He was manager of Muncie Restructuring.
Donald Rutherford to operations manager of the Muncie Transmission Division. He was interim operations manager there.
Ralf Kohlhepp to European sales account executive. He was sales engineering manager for Lohr & Bromkamp, a subsidiary of GKN Automotive.
Fred Hubacker Jr. to controller of European Operations. He was a senior financial analyst.
Jim Foster to director of cost management, a newly created position. He was financial controls/ capital pricing manager.
New Venture Gear, of Troy, Mich., supplies four-wheel-drive transfer cases, manual transmissions, automotive traction control devices, and driveline systems and components.
DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS - Logan Robinson to Delphi vice president and general counsel. He also becomes a member of the Delphi Strategy Board.
Robinson, 48, had been a counsel for Dickinson Wright PLLC since April 1998. Previously, he was a senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for ITT Automotive Inc. Before joining ITT Automotive in 1996, he was vice president and general counsel for Chrysler International Corp., where he was responsible for all legal activities regarding business outside North America.
Delphi also named Peter Rowe as manager of media relations. Rowe managed communications supporting GM's establishment of its new global headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. He was also responsible for the communications of GM's Enterprise Activities Group.
Delphi Automotive Systems, based in Troy, Mich., supplies automotive components and systems.
INTERMET CORP. - Byron Pond Jr. to the board of directors. He is chairman of Columbus, Ind.-based exhaust systems and ride-control products supplier Arvin Industries Inc. He also serves on the board of Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. and is chairman of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association.
Intermet, of Troy, Mich., designs and manufactures precision iron and aluminum cast components.
ARVIN INDUSTRIES INC. - Russell McFarren to executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Roll Coater Inc. subsidiary. He was vice president of sales and marketing there.
A.R. Sales to executive vice president of finance and administration and CFO for Roll Coater. He was vice president of financial planning and relations.
Arvin is an automotive exhaust systems and ride-control product supplier based in Columbus, Ind.
BUNDY CORP. - Allan Welsh to chief executive. He also joins TI Group PLC's main board. He was chief executive of T&N PLC's Piston Products Group.
John Langston to chief executive of Forsheda Polymer Engineering, a unit of TI Group. He also joins TI Group's main board. He was chief executive of Bundy Automotive.
Bundy, of Warren, Mich., supplies small-diameter automotive fluid carrying systems. It is a unit of TI Group of Abingdon, England.
UNITED STATES COUNCIL FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH - Don Walkowicz to executive director, a two-year position. He was director of technology leveraging and planning at the General Motors Research & Development Center. He also was the first executive director of USCAR, from 1992-94.
USCAR, of Southfield, Mich., is an umbrella organization that coordinates collaborative and pre-competitive research projects for DaimlerChrysler Corp., Ford Mo-tor Co. and General Motors. It includes the industry-government Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles.
HEAVY DUTY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION - Thomas Cook to chairman of the board of governors. He has served on the board since 1994 and is former association secretary. Cook is president of Gunite Inc., of Rockford, Ill.
Tim Walker, vice president of worldwide marketing for Truck-Lite Co. of Falconer, N.Y., to immediate past chairman. He was chairman.
Robert Joy, president of Haldex Midland Corp. of Kansas City, Mo., to vice chairman. He has served on the board since 1996.
Timothy Kraus, an industry consultant based in Minneapolis, remains secretary.
The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association is the heavy-duty division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association of Research Triangle Park, N.C.
MANHEIM AUCTIONS INC. - Jim McKnight to vice president of development. He was president of Optical Data Corp., a unit of Manheim's parent company, Cox Enterprises Inc.
Manheim, of Atlanta, operates wholesale automobile auctions.