BASF - Karl-Friedrich Menne has been named DaimlerChrysler and BMW global account director at Automotive OEM Coatings, a unit of BASF Coatings AG. Menne was head of technical customer service and development, automotive flexible and semirigid foam systems, at BASF's polyurethane unit Elastogran GmbH. In his new job, Menne will take worldwide account management and customer service responsibility for DaimlerChrysler and BMW.
COLLINS & AIKMAN - Gordon Young has been appointed senior vice president of finance for the European Automotive Interior Systems Division in Wiesbaden, Ger-many. He was vice president of purchasing for Textron Automotive Co. Collins & Aikman of Troy, Michigan, supplies automotive floor and acoustic systems, fabric, interior trim and convertible top systems.
GENERAL MOTORS - Andrej Barcak, a one-time Communist government official in Czechoslovakia, will join the management board of GM's Adam Opel and become executive director for sales, marketing and aftersales at Opel headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, a new position. Barcak was promoted from the Prague post of executive director for sales, marketing and aftersales for GM in central and eastern Europe.
Ian Coomber, executive director of sales and marketing at Vauxhall Motors Ltd., has taken on extra customer care responsibilities after an internal reorganization at General Motors' United Kingdom unit. Coomber, 55, will be responsible for combining sales, marketing, aftersales, fleet and Vauxhall's Network Q used-car sales operation into one customer-focused team.
In another move, David Poole, 41, has been named Vauxhall's director of strategic planning, commercial operations, with particular responsibility for new business initiatives. Poole was reorganization director of aftersales.
LEAR - Rodolfo Kroebel has been named president of Lear Electronics and Electrical Division-Europe. He will work at Lear's European Technology Center in Valls, Spain. Kroebel joined Lear in May 1999 after Lear acquired United Technologies Automotive, where he held a number of positions dating to 1990. He was vice president for the Lear Electronics and Electrical Division. Lear, with headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, supplies interiors.
SAAB - Michael Mauer, chief designer at DaimlerChrysler's Smart in Germany, has been appointed the new head of design at Saab. Mauer, 38, styled the Smart roadster, shown at the Frank-furt auto show show last September. Mauer also designed the SLK roadster while at Mercedes-Benz.
VISTEON - Andy Gill has been named director for interior electronics Europe and South America at Visteon Automotive Systems. He was in charge of European driver information and body electric systems. Gill will work in the Visteon Electronics Center in Basildon, England. His responsibilities will include all interior electronics in vehicles, including telematics, instrumentation, audio systems, and body electronics and communications.
DELPHI - Jean Brunol, 47, has been named director of European operations for Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems. Brunol was CEO of Saft, the batteries unit of French telecommunications equipment supplier Alcatel SA. Before joining Saft, Brunol was vice president and product division director at Valeo SA. Brunol will be responsible for providing strategic direction and implementing Delphi's steering initiatives in Europe.
WALLENIUS WILHELMSEN - Craig Jasienski has been named managing director in the United Kingdom for automotive transport and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelm-sen. He replaces Martin Reeves, who retired. Sweden's Wallenius Lines and Norway's Wilhelmsen Lines merged to form the world's largest vehicle shipping firm in July 1999. Jasienski most recently served in Wallenius Wilhelmsen's Oslo headquarters, where he managed the integration of the newly formed company's commercial activities.
FORD - Marwan Baydas has been appointed national sales manager for Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, for Ford Middle East and North Africa. He had been an immediate effect public affairs manager for the unit, a post he held since late in 1997.
Working in Ford Middle East and North Africa's head office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Baydas will manage sales operations and dealer support in his assigned markets. A Lebanese citizen, Baydas has lived in the United Arab Emirates since 1990.
ALCOA - Laurie Simpson has been appointed manager of product engineering for wheel products for Alcoa Wheel Products International. She was a staff product engineer. Alcoa Wheel Products International of Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures forged aluminum wheels for heavy-duty trucks, buses, pickups, sport-utilities, motor homes and recreational vehicles. It is a unit of Alcoa Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
BASF - Gerold Mahr has been made CEO of BASF Pinturas SA, BASF's coatings unit in Mexico. He had been DaimlerChrysler and BMW global account director at Automotive OEM Coatings, a unit of BASF Coatings AG.
CONTINENTAL TEVES - Jim Gill, 46, moves to director of public relations for Continental Teves, North America. He was manager of public relations. Continental Teves North America of Auburn Hills, Michigan, is a unit of Continental AG of Hannover, Germany. It supplies brake and chassis stability systems.
DELPHI - Bernd Gottschalk, 56, joins the board of directors. He is president of Verband der Automobilindustrie (Association of the German Automobile Industry). Delphi Automotive Systems of Troy, Michigan, supplies transportation and mobile electronics components and systems technology.
FORD - Joe Laymon, 47, has been named executive director of human resources business operations. He was director and vice president of Consumer Imaging human resources for Eastman Kodak Co.
GENERAL MOTORS - Lou Hughes, former head of GM's international operations, has been named president and COO of USA space and aeronautics contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. Hughes, 51, will be responsible for day-to-day operations. As executive vice president in charge of GM's new business strategies, Hughes was a key member of the management team that came to power at GM after a boardroom coup in 1992. From 1992-98, Hughes oversaw GM's international operations. He was president of GM Europe and chairman of Opel.
Hughes was replaced as GM International boss in 1998 after internal turmoil at Opel. Many executives and engineers at GM's German subsidiary believed Opel suffered when GM used Opel's money and time to expand into emerging markets.
HELLA NORTH AMERICA - John Koenig has been appointed vice president and CFO. He was CFO. Hella North America of Plymouth, Michigan, supplies vehicle electronics, including control units for central locking and air conditioning systems and electronic control units and relays.
HYUNDAI MOTOR FINANCE - Sam Keith has been named vice president of operations. He was COO of Eagle Finance, a publicly held auto lender in Chicago.
Byrne Owens was named director of sales and marketing, from western regional sales manager. Hyundai Motor Finance, with headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. It provides financing to consumers and dealers.
J. WALTER THOMPSON - Mike Gonyea has been named to the newly created post of director of planning and strategic services for the international Ford group in the Detroit office. Gonyea previously served as executive management director. He will be responsible for coordination of the United States and international arms of the Ford global unit. J. Walter Thompson is the advertising agency for Ford Division in the USA and handles various Ford operating units around the world.
LEAR - Robert Seed has been appointed corporate vice president of global marketing and sales. He was vice president of sales for Lear's Ford Division.
Jeff Stevenson moves to vice president of sales and marketing for the DaimlerChrysler Division. He was director of interior trim for the division.
Maurice Sessel becomes vice president of car and Jeep platforms for the DaimlerChrysler Division. He was vice president of interior operations for Lear's Manufacturing Opera-tions Division.
Andrea Puchalsky has been appointed director of corporate communications for Lear Corp. She was a business reporter for Bloomberg News in Southfield, Michigan.
Karen Stewart-Spica moves to director of technology communications. She was director of corporate communications.
Malene Pickles moves to manager of public relations for Europe. She was European communications manager for the Chassis Systems Division of TRW in Koblenz, Germany.
Lear is an interiors supplier in Southfield, Michigan.
MERITOR - Lin Cummins has been appointed senior vice president of communications. Cummins joined Meritor in 1999, from United Technologies Automotive, where she was vice president of advanced marketing and worldwide communications. Before that, she was with Ford Motor Co. where she was director of the Broadcast News Department in Ford's global news organization, after having served as public affairs manager of Ford International Operations, Ford Financial Services Group and Ford Tractor International Operations. Meritor, in Troy, Michigan, supplies roof, door, automotive body, access control and suspension systems and wheel products for passenger cars, light trucks and sport-utilities.
NISSAN - Scott Vazin has been appointed director of corporate communications for Nissan North America Inc. in Gardena, California. He will serve as a key public relations adviser for Nissan North America and its affiliates, including Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. in Japan, Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A. and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. He was corporate manager of public affairs.
SAAB - Eric Geers, 38, has been named director of corporate communications for Saab Cars USA in Norcross, Georgia. He was director of product communications for Saab Automobile AB in Sweden.