Marinelli to lead Chrysler-Jeep
Thomas Marinelli, head of Chrysler and Jeep sales and marketing in Europe, will take charge of the two brands worldwide.
He will become head of the Chrysler-Jeep Division global brand center on April 1, replacing Martin Levine. He will manage advertising, strategic planning, dealer relations and product platform representation.
Marinelli, 48, has managed the brands in Europe since 1998. Before that, he was general manager of sales and service in North America for the former Chrysler Corp. He will report to Bud Liebler, senior vice president of global brand marketing.
Levine will become president and CEO of PentaMark, which handles much of DaimlerChrysler advertising.
PR vet Vines moves to Ford
Jason Vines, a public relations veteran at Nissan and Chrysler Corp., is moving to Ford Motor Co. as vice president of communications.
Vines, 40, arrives from Nissan North America Inc., where he has been vice president of external affairs. At Ford, Vines succeeds Vaughn Koshkarian, who was named vice president of Asia Pacific operations.
Vines held a variety of media relations, internal communications and labor relations posts at the former Chrysler Corp. from 1983-98. In 1993, he worked in Washington handling communications for the former American Automobile Manufacturers Association.
Vines will be responsible for Ford's global internal and external communications, including investor relations.
GM won't opt for AM stock
DETROIT - General Motors can buy up to 40 percent of AM General Corp. under the terms of the companies' new Hummer partnership. However, a GM source says it is doubtful that GM will exercise that option.
Under the agreement, GM is loaning AM General $235 million interest-free to build a Hummer plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The plant will build GM's new Hummer H2, a sport-utility that is smaller than the current low-volume Hummer and is based on GM's full-sized truck platform.
AM General is under contract to build up to 40,000 H2s per year through 2010, with production scheduled to begin in 2002, according to a document AM General filed recently with the Securities and Exchange Commission.