JAGUAR CARS - After almost 20 years in the auto industry, engineer Dick Elsy is back where he started - geographically, anyway.
Elsy started his career in 1981 in Coventry, in the English Midlands, and now returns to the area as Jaguar's director of product engineering. He will be based at the company's engineering center at Whitley, Coventry, and will be responsible for all current and future vehicle and powertrain engineering programs.
Elsy is the latest in a line of high-profile recruits to join Ford Motor Co. from BMW AG since Wolfgang Rietzle, BMW's former product czar, joined Ford as head of the new Premier Automotive Group. Elsy joined Rover, now part of the BMW Group, in 1983 and had been working in Munich as a project director.
Born in the northeast of England, Elsy is a chartered engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 1998 he was presented the Academy of Engineering Award for his outstanding contribution to British engineering.
SUMITOMO ELECTRIC - Paul May has been named operations manager of the recently formed Sumitomo Wiring Systems (Europe) Ltd. venture at Sunderland, England. The venture was created in July when Sumitomo Electric Industries took sole control of its automotive wiring systems joint venture with Lucas Industries. May has been at the plant since it began operations in 1994, during which time the work force has expanded from 100 to 750. The plant now supplies Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Rover plants in the United Kingdom.
RICARDO - Robin Landells has joined Ricardo Consulting Engineers as business-development manager for fuels and lubricants. Landells spent 10 years with BP Chemicals and the Orobis joint venture with Chevron Chemicals, working in lubricant and fuel-additive sectors. This was followed by 12 years with Lubrizol Corp.
TICKFORD ENGINEERING - Tony Braddon, 42, has joined the company, based in Milton Keynes, England, as an account manager. Braddon moves from Cosworth Technology, the Audi AG-owned engineering consultancy, where he was responsible for the development of new business in existing and emerging markets. Tickford operates technical centers in Australia and the United States. It is best known for powertrain design, development and integration across a range of specialist and mainstream vehicle applications.
HONDA - The Japanese automaker's Indian joint venture, Honda Siel Cars India Ltd., has named H. Yamada director of marketing. He succeeds Y. Nakamura, who has transferred to Honda's Indonesian operations. Yamada, 49, joined Honda Motor Co. in 1976 and has been associated with the India venture since 1996. At the parent headquarters in Tokyo, Yamada oversaw Honda automobile operations in Southeast and Southwest Asia.
LEAR CORP. - The interiors supplier based in Southfield, Mich., has named three executives to new posts in its Ford unit.
Daniel Kuzdzal is vice president of advanced engineering. He was director of the division's utility-truck trim program.
John Lanier is the new vice president of human resources. He had been corporate director of industrial relations at United Technologies Automotive, which Lear acquired in May.
Gail Miciuda was named director of mirror operations. She had been commodity engineering manager for UTA's Interiors Group.
GENERAL MOTORS POWERTRAIN - Gary Smyth has been named director of advanced propulsion-system controls within the Advanced Engineering group. He was manager of the dilute combustion-systems group, where he managed the global direct-injection gasoline project.
Chris Meagher has been named total-integration engineer for Gen III V-8 engines within the Quality and Product Assurance Group. He was total-integration engineer for the PV6 engine.
NEW VENTURE GEAR INC. - Philip Rettig has been named vice president and general counsel. He was a managing partner at Harness, Dickey and Pierce PLC.
John Russell is the new vice president of quality and continuous improvement. He was vice president of information technology and chief information officer.
Lizabeth Chimenti was named manager of public relations and communications. She was senior commodity-management specialist.
New Venture Gear of Troy, Mich., supplies four-wheel-drive transfer cases, manual transmissions, automotive traction-control devices, and driveline systems and components.
GKN SINTER METALS - Robert Langdon was named manager of Six Sigma Quality programs. He was a senior statistical engineer for Delphi Automotive Systems in Flint, Mich.
Kenneth Hibbler has joined as materials management specialist for the Chicago plant. He was purchasing manager for Lau Industries of Indianapolis.
Beth Krise is the new materials manager of the DuBois, Pa., plant. She was a master scheduler for Clarion Sintered Metals.
GKN Sinter Metals produces powder-metal components for automotive transmissions, engines, bodies and chassis. It is a unit of GKN PLC of the United Kingdom.