Saab Automobile AB - Peter H. Ruefli has been named regional director, Asia Pacific and Middle East Operations, reporting to Joel Manby, vice president of sales, marketing and retail network development, market area Amer-icas/Asia Pacific. Ruefli, 55, has been president of Saab Japan since 1997. He will continue in that post and will remain based in Tokyo.
He previously worked in marketing and sales positions for BMW Australia, Audi and Volkswagen Australia, Mazda New South Wales and Suzuki's Australian distributor.
Takayuki Ide, 40, has been promoted to business development manager from distributor support manager, Saab Japan. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations for the Japanese market. He joined Saab in 1997 from prior positions at Rover Japan Ltd. and Nissan Motor Co.
JATCO TRANSTECHNOLOGY LTD. - Chairman Kenichi Sasaki will take on the president's duties as well, for now, following the death of President Kiyoshi Ishibashi.
Ishibashi died Oct. 7 of complications resulting from acute bone marrow leukemia.
JATCO TransTechnology, of Tokyo, had been formed Oct. 1 by the merger of JATCO, a former transmission venture between Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp., and TransTechnology, created by the spinoff of Nissan's other transmission operations.
TOYOTA (GB) PLC - Tony Whitehorn has been promoted to sales director of Toyota (GB) PLC, where he has worked for 10 years, starting as dealer training manager. Previous motor industry experience was gained with Rover and Renault.
NAVISTAR INTERNATIONAL CORP. - Greg Elliott has been named vice president of communications strategy, a new-ly created position. He was the director of executive communications for General Motors.
Navistar In-ternational, of Melrose Park, Illinois, produces diesel engines, heavy- and medium-duty trucks and school buses.
HAYES LEMMERZ INTERNATIONAL INC. - Robert Herr is now president of the North American Cast Aluminum Wheels Business Unit. He was president and COO of CMI International Inc.
Hayes Lemmerz International of Northville, Michigan, supplies wheels and brakes, and suspension, structural and other lightweight components. .
TI GROUP AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS - Andrew Masterman is the new president of engine management. He was president of Walbro (Corp.) Asia Pacific.
TI Group Au-tomotive Sys-tems supplies fuel storage and delivery systems. It is a new business unit of TI Group PLC of Abingdon, England.
WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES INC. - Rick DeVries has been named product planner. He was a draftsman and designer for Winnebago's engineering department. Winnebago Indus-tries, of Forest City, Iowa, produces recreational vehicles.
VISTEON AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS - John Marino has been appointed national sales manager for Visteon Climate Control Systems Ltd. He was director of regional sales and branch operations for battery supplier Exide Corp.
Visteon, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the parts-making unit of Ford Motor Co.
SIMPSON INDUSTRIES INC. - Charles Pestow has been named vice president of sales and marketing. He was vice president of sales and customer relations for TRW Inc.'s Chassis Sys-tems Group.
Simpson Industries, of Plymouth, Michigan, supplies noise, vibration and harshness components; modular engine assemblies; wheel and suspension systems; and high-precision components.
J.D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES - Linda Schulz is partner and director of commercial vehicle research. She was executive director for commercial and specialty vehicles.
J.D. Power and Associates is a marketing information services firm in Agoura Hills, California.
JOHN MCCARTHY & ASSOCIATES INC. - John Brodowsky has been appointed director of new product development. He was a senior engineer at the General Motors Design Center in Warren, Michigan.
John McCarthy & Associates is an auto supply manufacturer's representative in Troy, Michigan.
ANDRY SPECIALTY VEHICLES INC. - Richard Kociela is the new director of sales and marketing. He was a senior account planner for De-signory Inc. of Long Beach, California.
William Bracken is Eastern Region account manager. He was vice president at Young & Rubicam Detroit.
Andry Specialty Vehicles is in Torrance, California.