LONDON - Delphi Automotive Systems has appointed Paul Fleming customer director for Ford of Europe, responsible for every aspect of the business relationship between the two companies. He also will retain his existing responsibilities as customer director for Rover Group and as Delphi U.K. country director.
Fleming has 20 years of auto industry experience, including time at Jaguar Cars Ltd., Rover Ltd. and TRW Inc.
Delphi's customer directors have a broad brief: everything from ensuring that the technology portfolio reflects the customer's requirements to overseeing the logistics systems that supply the vehicle plants.
'My role is to provide a single point of contact with Delphi for Ford of Europe's senior management,' Fleming said.
'Ford has an excellent product vision and a commitment to the latest technology, manufacturing and supply systems. They clearly have the potential to be a significant Delphi customer.'
Delphi already has significant business with Ford subsidiaries Volvo and Jaguar, and has been selected by Ford as a partner in the development of adaptive cruise control.
Delphi Europe President Hans Weiser said Fleming's new role reflects Delphi's opportunities as an independent company. 'Paul has achieved considerable success coordinating our business in the U.K., and I am confident he will achieve the same in his new role,' Weiser said.
In a related move, Francois Dehueldre has joined Delphi as finance director for the European region. He previously was chairman and CEO of Honeywell France, where he was responsible for a wide range of financial, marketing and manufacturing operations.
Weiser said that with Delphi's spinoff from General Motors at the end of May, the position of finance director 'will be critical to our success as a company.'
Delphi's European region had sales of $4.9 billion in 1998, and it has 63 facilities in 18 countries.
VOLVO - Carl-Gustav Eklund has been named president of Volvo Nippon K.K., the restructured operations of Volvo in Japan.
Following Ford Motor Co.'s purchase of Volvo's passenger-car operations, Volvo has combined its commercial-vehicle, bus and marine diesel-engine businesses in Japan into the newly formed Volvo Nippon.
Eklund, 46, had been president of Volvo Commercial Vehicles and Machinery Japan Corp. since January 1999. He has lived in Japan for nearly 20 years, and had been president of Lafarge Svenska Hoganas K.K. from 1995 until 1998. Between 1983 and 1994, he rose from sales manager to vice president and then president at Hagglund Japan Inc. Prior to that he was sales manager of Alfa Laval, Japan, from October 1979 until December 1982.
CALSONIC KANSEI - Haruo Ohno will be the chairman and Koichi Takagi the president of Calsonic Kan-sei, the tentative name for the company to be formed by the merger of Calsonic Corp. and Kansei Corp. The two Nissan Motor Co.-affiliate parts makers are to merge April 1, 2000. Ohno currently is president of Calsonic, while Takagi is president of Kansei.
Although the two sides haven't settled on the English-language version of the new concern's name, they have decided that the current Calsonic headquarters building will be the headquarters for the merged venture.
FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO. -Tsutomu Nakamura will be the new president, replacing Masahiko Umemura, who is retiring. Nakamura, 65, rose through the purchasing and manufacturing operations at the muffler company, which is affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp.
JIDOSHA DENKI - Yoshimichi Urabe will be the new president of Jidosha Denki Kogyo Co., a Nissan Motor Co. affiliate. He moves up from vice president to replace Kyoji Kobayashi at the Yokohama-based maker of motors and controls. Kobayashi will become chairman.
Urabe, 57, will be the first president who is not from the company's founding Kobayashi and Hirano families. He joined Jidosha Denki in 1998 after a career at Nissan spent mostly in personnel and parts operations posts.
FORD MOTOR CO. - Patrick Byrne, sales director for Ford Britain for the past six years, retired at the end of June. His replacement is Richard Wright, managing director of Ford Belgium.
During a 32-year career with Ford, Byrne worked in five of the automaker's European national sales companies, including as general sales manager of Henry Ford & Son in Ireland in 1973, managing director of Ford Portugal in 1977 and managing director of Ford Spain in 1981.
After a short period outside the company as chairman and CEO of Waterford Wedgewood PLC during the 1980s, he returned to Ford in 1991 to become the first director of Eastern European operations.
Byrne was born in 1941 and was educated in Dublin, Ireland. He is a companion of the British Institute of Management, a member of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER - Just eight months after switching to a new job within Volkswagen Group in Britain, Dermot Kelly has crossed the road to head Mercedes-Benz car operations in the country.
Kelly was managing director of Skoda GB until last September, when he was appointed director of Audi within Volkswagen Group UK Ltd. He now joins Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd., whose headquarters are within walking distance of VW in Milton Keynes, the British Midlands.
Kelly has spent more than 23 years in the United Kingdom motor industry in both car and truck posts. He replaces Walter Greaves, who leaves at the end of July.
RENAULT - Mike Power, Renault UK Ltd.'s fleet director for 51/2 years, has retired after a 40-year career. His replacement is dealer development director Keith Hawes.
Power, 60, led Renault fleet sales in Britain to a record 101,000 units in 1998. 'I have been lucky enough to work with a great team at a time when Renault has had one of the freshest product ranges of any manufacturer,' Power said.
Hawes, 46, has been responsible for restructuring Renault's dealer network in the United Kingdom over the past three years. Before joining Renault, he spent 12 years with Ford Motor Co. working in commercial-vehicle sales, leasing and rentals, product marketing and as a district fleet sales manager.
MICRO COMPACT CAR - Michael Mauer, 36, has been appointed head of design for DaimlerChrysler's minicar subsidiary. He takes over from Jens Manske, who moves to the Mercedes-Benz advanced design center in Tokyo. Mauer, who has held a number of positions in the Mercedes design department for the past 13 years, moves from the Tokyo center, where he was director.