TOKYO - Rudolph Schlais Jr. and Martin Laurent will become directors at Isuzu Motors Ltd., 37.4 percent of which is owned by General Motors.
Schlais is the Singa-pore-based president of GM Asian and Pacific Operations and a GM corporate vice president.
In his new assignment, Laurent will be attached to Isuzu's development and production offices. Since 1994, he has been plant manager at GM's Lordstown, Ohio, fabricating plant. From 1989-91, he was manager of the technical liaison office at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a joint venture between GM and Toyota Motor Corp. in California.
The appointments were scheduled to become effective after the annual shareholders meeting on June 29. The two replace Donald Sullivan and Timothy Lee as GM representatives on Isuzu's board.
Among other new board members, Yoshito Mochi-zuki also becomes a director and president of Isuzu Motors Europe. He remains head of overseas operations Office No. 5. Before that, he headed the feasibility study that led to Isuzu's setting up a diesel engine plant in Poland.
From December 1994 until October 1996, he was president of American Isuzu Motors Inc.