HONDA - Honda Motor Co. announced a number of executive promotions, to be approved at the annual shareholders meeting in June. The managers' new positions will be announced then. Motoatsu Shiraishi and Satoshi Aoki move up to senior managing director from managing director. Shiraishi is president of Honda Engineering and oversees all Japanese domestic production. Aoki oversees finance and accounting.
Moving up to managing director from director are Koki Hirashima, president of Honda of America Manufacturing; Satoshi Toshida, president of Asian Honda Motor in Thailand; and Ikuo Shimizu, head of Honda's power products operations.
Joining the ranks of director are Teruo Kowashi, general manager of Honda's Tochigi factory; Seiichi Moriguchi, general manager of the regional operation planning office for the Americas; Tetsuo Iwamu-ra, general manager of Over-seas Operation Office No. 1, which covers the Americas; and Takashi Yamamoto and Ta-kanobu Ito, both directors of Honda R&D Co.
Six directors are retiring, including Masaki Iwai, a senior managing director in charge of Honda's worldwide production; and Hirotada Komatsu, a managing director in charge of purchasing.
BMW GROUP - Trevor Houghton-Berry is Rover's new corporate sales director, taking over from Steve Harris. Houghton-Berry, 38, spent six years with Mazda Cars U.K., where he was general manager of the light commercial vehicle division.
FORD - Wolfgang Riecke has been appointed executive director, communications and public affairs, Ford-Werke AG and European resource planning, Ford of Europe. Riecke takes responsibility for all media activities for Ford in Germany and in his dual role also will contribute to the development of a pan-European strategy for Ford communications and public affairs. Riecke, 49, was head of press relations for Micro Compact Car, maker of the Smart.
JAGUAR - Julian Thomson was recruited from his post as chief designer at Volkswagen Group's Design Center in Barcelona, Spain, to head Jaguar's new Advanced Design Studio, to be named the Lawson Building on honor of the late Geoff Lawson, Jaguar's director of styling between 1984 and 1999.
JOHNSON CONTROLS - Hermann Schonau has been named manager of Inspira battery technology for Johnson Controls Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Schonau will be working in the Stuttgart, Germany, area. Before joining Johnson Controls, he was head of systems integration at Grundl and Hoffman GmbH, a subsidiary of Continental-ISAD.
LDV - Nick Fell has been appointed director of the Gemini Project, a new-vehicle development program at light commercial vehicle manufacturer LDV. Fell comes from Land Rover, where he was product director for medium four-wheel-drive vehicles. LDV's headquarters is in Birmingham, England.
NISSAN - Colin Dodge was one of Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd.'s first employees in 1984. He now has been appointed deputy managing director at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, North East England, Britain's top assembly plant. Dodge will have full responsibility for day-to-day activities in all key areas of production.
PENSKE LOGISTICS - Ad Van Eden has been named senior vice president and general manager of Penske Logistics Europe's Transportgroep van der Graff operation in Amersfoot, Holland. He will be responsible for developing the center's operations in the Netherlands as a platform for offering pan-European supply chain services.
PILKINGTON - Glassmaker Pilkington Automotive in Birmingham, England, has promoted Charles Mason to director of new-model intro- duction for original equipment business. Mason started his career with Pilkington in 1973 as a sponsored student and has been with Pilkington Automotive for 14 years.
ROLLS-ROYCE & BENTLEY - The Volkswagen AG-owned luxury carmaker has appointed Sarah Perris as worldwide communications director, coming from TRW Aeronautical Systems/Lucas Aerospace, where she was director of public relations and communications. Perris takes over the responsibilities of Richard Charlesworth, head of public affairs since 1993. He is moving into a new senior worldwide role dealing with special customers.
VISTEON - John McLoughlin is manager of its plant in Belfast, Ireland. He succeeds Vince Trupliano, who has moved to a new position within Visteon. McLoughlin, 40, joined Visteon from consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in September 1989.
ABN AMRO NORTH AMERICA INC. - Thomas Somers, 48, has been named senior vice president of the North American Automotive Group. He was global relationship manager in the company's Diversified Industries East unit. ABN AMRO North America is a bank with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. The Auto-motive Group specializes in serving the original equipment and supplier markets.
BOSAL - Douglas Richman has been named president of Bosal International North America. Richman was vice president of engineering and technology for Kaiser Aluminum Corp.'s Engineered Products Division. He also was chairman of the executive board of Kaiser Automotive Castings and general manager of Kaiser K-Fab. Bosal, in Ann Arbor, Michi-gan, develops and manufactures exhaust systems and catalytic converters. Bosal International headquarters is in Brasschaat, Belgium.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER - Thomas Marinelli has been appointed vice president of Chrysler/Jeep Global Brand Center, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Marinelli assumes responsibility for strategic planning, advertising, customer relationship management, product platform represention and field marketing activities for the Chrysler and Jeep brands worldwide. Marinelli was president of Chrysler Jeep Automotive S.A. in Brussels and oversaw product and marketing-related activities of the Chrysler brands in Europe. Marinelli replaces Martin Levine, who becomes president and CEO of PentaMark, whose subsidiaries are the BBDO Detroit and InterOne Marketing Group (formerly Ross Roy) advertising agencies and PentaCom, a media-buyer.
Steven Landry replaces Mari-nelli as president of Chrysler Jeep Automotive-Europe, with responsibility for sales, marketing and service of Chrysler and Jeep vehicles in Europe. Landry will work in Brussels. He was director of global sales and marketing training.
DELPHI - The Energy & Chassis Division has appointed Robert Remenar to executive director of business line operations in Troy, Michigan. He was director of worldwide finance for the unit. Joseph Gumina becomes director of worldwide finance; he had been finance director for Delphi Chassis Systems.
DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA INC. - Doug Patton has been named vice president of business development. He was director of the Denso DaimlerChrysler Sales Group.
Terry Helgesen becomes director of the DaimlerChrysler business' customer support division. He was assistant general manager for international sales at Denso's headquarters in Japan.
Thomas Esser moves to senior manager within the Customer Support Division. He will have responsibility for the company's Ford Motor Co. business. He was manager for Denso's DaimlerChrysler business.
Denso International America of Southfield, Mich., supplies advanced technology, systems and components.
FEDERAL MOGUL - Tim Wheeler has been named director, electronic business development, from director, customer service operations. Federal-Mogul, in Southfield, Michigan, is a global vehicle parts supplier.
FORD - Jorma Ollila has been appointed to the board. He is chairman and CEO of global telecom company Nokia Corp., of Finland.
HELLA - John Koenig has been named vice president and CFO of Hella North America. Koenig, with Hella since 1979, was CFO. Hella North America, of Plymouth, Michigan, supplies vehicle lighting, relays, electronic and front-end modules and aftermarket products. Its parent company is Hella KG of Lippstadt, Germany.
LEAR CORP. - Cynthia Henderson has been named vice president of quality for Lear's Ford Motor Co. Division. She was director of global supplier development. William McLaughlin has been named vice president of taxes. He was director of taxes. Lear is an automotive interiors supplier in Southfield, Michigan.
MOLEX INC. - Pete Krehbiel has been named president of the Americas Region Automotive Division and president and COO of the Cardell Automotive Division, effective July 1. He is assistant to the president of the Americas Region. Krehbiel will succeed Ray Wieser, president and COO of Cardell Automotive and a corporate senior vice president, who will retire. Molex, of Lisle, Illinois, supplies electronic, electrical and fiber optic interconnection products and systems.
NISSAN - William Whalen has been named director of operations for Nissan North America Inc.'s Infiniti Division, effective April 1. He is assistant general counsel for Nissan North America. Whalen will succeed Craig Liggett, who will retire. Debra Sanchez Fair has been promoted to vice president of corporate communications of Nissan North America in Carson City, California, from director of corporate communications. She replaces Jason Vines, who moved to Ford Motor Co. as vice president of communications. Mark Christovale has been named director of public companies. He also is responsible for the minority dealer initiative for both the Nissan and Infiniti divisions. He was manager of national market representation.