GENERAL MOTORS POWERTRAIN - William Lesner to executive manager of Diesel Engine Programs. He will work with GM's diesel partner, Isuzu, and will be in Fujisawa, Japan. Lesner was director of manufacturing quality systems for GM Powertrain.
GKN SINTER METALS - Gabriel Klement to information technology manager for Europe. He was co-manager of the company's Unity Project in Europe.
Rainer Hoffart to information technology operations manager for Europe. He was co-manager of the Unity Project in Europe.
GKN Sinter Metals produces powder metal components for automotive transmissions, engines, bod-ies and chassis. It is a unit of GKN PLC of the United Kingdom.
TEXTRON AUTOMOTIVE CO. INC. - Jake Hirsch to president and CEO of Kautex Textron of Bonn, Germany. He was COO and a member of the board for Magna Europe AG. Hirsch succeeds Hans-Dieter Lesch, who retired.
Robert Simpson to president of Kautex Textron North America. He was senior vice president of operations for the Textron Automotive Trim Division.
Textron Automotive is based in Troy, Mich. The Kautex Textron Division supplies advanced fuel systems, plastic fuel tanks and blow-molded components.
ELEMENTIS SPECIALTIES CO. - James Tonges to sales manager for Elementis Performance Polymers. He was a regional manager in the Automotive Coatings Group of Morton International Inc.
Elementis Performance Polymers, of Belleville, N.J., provides epoxy, poly-urethane adhesives and encapsulants used in automotive speed controllers, electronics and adhesive sealants.
TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. - Jim Rich to executive director of aftermarket operations for South America and Asia. He was director of business development.
Tenneco Automotive, of Lake Forest, Ill., manufactures exhaust systems and ride-control equipment.
AMS INC. - Thomas Newman to accessories sales manager. He was director of sales for Algonquin Automotive.
AMS, of Livonia, Mich., is a manufacturer's representative for Penda Corp. Penda supplies pickup truck bedliners and accessories for original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket.
AUTOLIGN MANUFACTURING GROUP INC. - Scott Russell to marketing manager. He was director of the aftermarket business group for corporate marketing firm Hedge & Co. Inc.
AutoLign, of Milan, Mich., supplies bumper covers, fascias and reinforcements for collision replacement.
DISTRIBUTION AND AUTO SERVICE INC. - Martin Richards to president and COO. He was executive vice president. Richards succeeds William Bruce, who retired.
Distribution and Auto Service, of Wilmington, Calif., provides vehicle processing and logistics services at manufacturing plants, ocean ports and inland railheads.
A.T. KEARNEY - Zafar Momin to joint director of the Asian automotive practice. He will be based in Singapore. He was a principal in the automotive practice.
A.T. Kearney is a management consulting firm based in Chicago. It is a subsidiary of Electronic Data Systems Corp. of Plano, Texas.
WHEELER ADVERTISING INC. - Dana Lawlis to vice president of finance. She was a comptroller for Bozell Advertising in Las Colinas, Texas.
Kayla Alley to account executive. She was a media buyer.
Teresa Hancock to media buyer. She was a media buying supervisor for Regian and Wilson of Fort Worth, Texas.
Chris Hargrove to graphic artist. He was a graphic artist for Associated Publishing Inc.
Wheeler Advertising, of Arlington, Texas, specializes in developing brand identities for RV and automobile dealerships.
JBA AMERICAS - Keith Smith to vice president of customer relations. He was director of customer service.
JBA, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., provides enterprise management software to automotive suppliers.
KNITE INC. - Patrick McGinnis to president and CEO. He was vice president of operations and business manager for the Valley Forge Technical Information Services unit of SPX Corp.
Kite, of Monmouth Junction, N.J., represents a patented ignition system for internal combustion engines, which was invented at Princeton University.
STONEAGE.COM CORP. - The company has established a board of directors. It includes: Mark Campbell, president and CEO of StoneAge.com; Andy Wolfe, senior vice president of StoneAge.com; Greg Buck, a principal of M Group Inc. of Birmingham, Mich.; Mitchell Mondry, vice president of M Group; and Dick Eidswick, a general partner at Arbor Partners LLC of Ann Arbor, Mich.
StoneAge.com of Troy, Mich., is an automotive buying service that provides access to more than 28,000 dealerships nationwide.
AUTOBYTEL.COM - David Grant to chief technology officer. He was chief technology officer for www.SuperDrugStore.com.
Autobytel.com is an automotive e-commerce provider based in Irvine, Calif.
GREENSLIP INC. - Marty Keller to president. He was chief of the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.
Greenslip, of Sunnyvale, Calif., provides independent emissions and mechanical inspections of vehicles sold over the Internet. Reports are posted on its Web site, www.greenslip.com.
ALLWAY TOOLS INC. - Dennis Makowski to vice president of sales and marketing. He was manager of sales and marketing for Linzer Brush Co.
Allway Tools, of Bronx, N.Y., manufactures hand tools used in the automotive industry.