MERCEDES-BENZ OF NORTH AMERICA INC. - Ronald Elder to vice president of finance and controlling. He will serve as Mercedes' CFO and as a member of the executive management committee. He was director of manufacturing group accounting for DaimlerChrysler in Auburn Hills, Mich.
WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES INC. - Robert Gossett to vice president of administration. He was vice president of human resources and administration for TCB Inc., of Minneapolis.
Winnebago Industries makes motor homes and is based in Forest City, Iowa.
GENERAL MOTORS - Greg Martin to media relations manager for GM's Washington office, effective March 1. He was manager of corporate communications for Saturn Corp.
CADILLAC - Kim Kosak to director of advertising and sales promotion. She was assistant brand manager of marketing for the Chevrolet Silverado.
Kosak replaces Steven Rosenblum, who was named brand manager for the Seville and Eldorado.
GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER CO. - Jocelyn McClendon to minority affairs communications manager. She was diversity initiatives manager.
James Whiteley to director of tire evaluation at Goodyear's Akron, Ohio, Technical Center. He was vice president of government compliance and product quality.
Joseph Gingo to vice president and general manager of the Engineered Products Division. He was on special assignment to Goodyear Chairman Sam Gibara.
Hugh Pace to vice president of Goodyear's Asia Region and to Goodyear corporate vice president. He was president and managing director of Goodyear Mexico.
Michael Roney will replace Pace in Mexico. He was vice president of the Asia region.
Donald Harper to corporate vice president. He is vice president of human resources planning, development and change.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber, of Akron, supplies tires, rubber products and chemicals.
SATCON TECHNOLOGY CORP. - Ted Lesster to Technology Center director of engineering. He was chief scientist of the Oceanic and Naval Systems Division of Northrop Grumman Electronics System Sector.
SatCon, of Cambridge, Mass., supplies active motion control systems, including advanced electric motors, high density power electronics suspension systems and satellite control systems.
BORG-WARNER AUTOMOTIVE INC. - John Kalina, 53, to vice president and chief information officer, a newly created position. He was an executive information technology consultant for IBM Corp.
Timothy Manganello, 49, to corporate vice president. He is president and general manager of Borg-Warner Automotive's Powertrain Systems operating group.
Borg-Warner Automotive, of Chicago, supplies components and systems for drivetrain applications.
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. - Richard McCormick to the board of directors. He is chairman of Denver-based telecommunications company US West Inc.
United Technologies, of Hartford, Conn., provides high-technology products and services to the automotive industry.
TEXTRON INC. - William Jahnke to president of subsidiary Elco Textron Inc. of Rockford, Ill. He replaces John Lutz, who retired.
Jahnke, 60, was president of Speidel, a former Textron company that was acquired by Hermann Hirsch USA Inc. in 1997.
Elco Textron supplies engineered automotive metal and plastic components and assemblies. Textron Inc. is based in Providence, R.I.
NOBLE INTERNATIONAL LTD. - Michael Hottinger to the board of directors. He is president and CEO of windshield wiper systems, electronics and engineered fasteners supplier ACD Tridon Inc.
Noble International, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., supplies automotive parts, component assemblies and value-added services.
MACNEAL-SCHWENDLER CORP. - Frank Perna Jr. to chairman and CEO. He replaces George Riordan as chairman and Thomas Curry as CEO.
Riordan and Curry remain directors.
Perna was chairman and CEO of high-technology electronics manufacturer EOS Corp. of Los Angeles. Before that he was president, and later CEO, of electrical equipment manufacturer MagneTek Inc. He also worked in engineering test and computer simulation for General Motors for 17 years.
MacNeal-Schwendler provides mechanical computer-aided engineering software, services and strategies. It is based in Los Angeles.
BURNSIDE MANUFACTURING - Bill Freehan to president and CEO. He has been a member of Burnside's board for 10 years.
Freehan had been a manufacturer's representative for Freehan-Bocci & Co., of Southfield, Mich., since 1974. Among the companies he represented was Detroit-based automotive supplier Mexican Industries in Michigan Inc., which he co-founded in 1979.
Before his career in manufacturing, Freehan was a catcher for the Detroit Tigers baseball team. He played from 1961-76.
Burnside Manufacturing, of Spring Lake, Mich., supplies automotive stampings and formed wire products.
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ACTION GROUP - Gary Quick to industry executive on loan from Ford Motor Co. He was executive director of Vehicle Procurement Operations for Ford Automotive Operations, where he was responsible for production part procurement for Ford's North American assembly and stamping plants. He has worked at Ford since 1968.
Quick replaces previous loaned executive Richard Simmons, who retired after 30 years at Ford.
The Automotive Industry Action Group is a not-for-profit trade association of automotive and truck manufacturers and their suppliers. It is based in Southfield, Mich.
ADESA CORP. - Steven Kotz to vice president of human resources. He was director of human resources.
Steven Beck to vice president of information technology. He was director of information technology.
Karen Turner to general counsel. She was chief counsel of specialty chemicals manufacturer Reilly Industries Inc.
Ted Frick to a second director of factory operations position. He was remarketing Eastern Regional Operations Manager for Ford Motor Co.
Tammy Pisockyj to marketing assistant. She was an executive assistant.
ADESA, of Indianapolis, is an auto auction company.
HYUNDAI MOTOR FINANCE CO. - Bill Thaxton to president and CEO. He was senior vice president of WFS Financial Inc. of Irvine, Calif. Before that, he was president of Omni Financial, ProCredit Inc. and YES Financial.
He also held management positions with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. Hyundai Motor Finance Co., of Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co., of Korea.