GENERAL MOTORS - Matthew Mitchell has been named manager of the company's Internet business, e-GM, in Japan. He will be responsible for the strategic business plan. Mitchell, 40, will work with GM's Japanese alliance partners to develop a consumer Web site for the local market. Before joining e-GM, he worked for Hughes Electronics Corp., where he was responsible for business development of international communications satellites. GM's Japanese alliance partners are Isuzu Motors Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corp. and Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
AUDI - The designer who created the Toyota Yaris has left to join Audi. Greece-born Sotoris Kovos styled the 2000 European Car of the Year at Toyota's EPOC studio in Brussels, Bel-gium. The Yaris supermini is credited with helping to banish Toyota's reputation for bland styling in Europe. Kovos, 34, worked briefly for Peugeot and Mazda before joining Toyota in 1993. Kovos does not leave any major unfinished projects at Toyota, but a Toyota source said that one future car on which Kovos had worked still is being developed.
CONTINENTAL AG - Former BMW product development chief Wolfgang Ziebart, 50, will run Continental's crucial Automotive Systems group in Hanover, Germany. Continental Automotive Systems is leading the group's shift from tire maker to systems and module supplier. Ziebart takes over this month. He was one of three BMW management board members ousted when the company dumped money-losing Rover group in the spring. His background in electronics and product development made him a much sought-after executive. Sources say he received five job offers, including two from carmakers, before joining Contin-ental. Ziebart was development chief on the successful BMW 3 series and a protege of former BMW product development chief Wolfgang Reitzle. Ziebart replaces Hans Albert Beller, who led Continental's drive into modules and systems in the mid-1990s. Beller will retire by year end.
COLLINS & AIKMAN CORP. - Brian Batey has been appointed president of the European Automotive Interior Systems Division. He was president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s European sealing business.
Elmar David has been appointed European acoustics manager. He was a noise and vibrations researcher for Behr.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER - The automaker has named three new vice presidents: David McKinnon as vice president of large car, small car and minivan design; Donald Dees as vice president of quality; and Tony Cervone as vice president of communications. Both Dees and Cervone come from other automakers. McKinnon, who joined Chrysler Corp. in 1968, will direct the interior and exterior design for all Chrysler- and Dodge-brand cars and minivans. His past responsibilities included design of the automaker's current and former minivans.
EXIDE CORP. - David Enstone has been appointed senior vice president of marketing, sales and service. Most recently, Enstone was a director of Visteon's Car-lite Aftermarket Operations.
FREUDENBERG-NOK - Phillip Damaska has been appointed vice president and general manager of Latin and South American operations. He was CFO of Freudenberg-NOK's Indus-trial Product Sector.
GENERAL MOTORS OF CANADA LTD. - Gerry Meek has been named vice president of strategic planning and operations, and director of worldwide facilities for GM of Canada. He was assistant plant manager for the Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre. Meek replaces Lawrence Worrall, who retired.
JAGUAR CREDIT - Dennis Lassiter has been named Jaguar brand director. He was general sales manager of Jaguar Cars in Mahwah, New Jersey.
KIA MOTORS AMERICA INC. - Keith Jun moves to director of finance. He was manager of finance. Randy Maurstad becomes director of product planning. He was manager of product planning.
MITSUBISHI MOTOR MANUFACTURING OF AMERICA INC. - Dan Booth was promoted to vice president of finance, and Dick Rinehimer was promoted to vice president of production engineering. Booth, 35, joined Mitsubishi in 1988 as a staff accountant. He had been general manager of finance. Rinehimer previously was general manager of production.
ROBERT BOSCH CORP. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP - Sujit Jain has been appointed vice president for powertrain gasoline and transmission systems. He was director of the engine management systems and components group, safety products group, for Denso America.
SIEMENS AUTOMOTIVE CORP. - Patrick Banas becomes program director of body electronics. He was supervisor of software and hardware engineering. Banas succeeds Fran-cis Bonhoure, who was named vice president and general manager of the Chassis Systems division in Toulouse, France.
TEXTRON INC. - Jake Hirsch, 48, becomes chairman, president and CEO of Textron Fastening Systems. He was president and CEO of Kautex Textron in Bonn, Germany.
VALEO SA - Hans-Peter Kunze, 49, has been named senior group vice president for International Affairs. He was vice president of purchasing for Ford Motor Co. Europe. Edward Planchon will continue as senior executive for North America and will take on a newly created position as senior group vice president for corporate affairs.
VISTEON CORP. - The world's second-largest supplier has a new second-in-command. Visteon has named Michael Johnston, 51, president and COO. The former Johnson Controls Inc. executive will be responsible for Visteon's day-to-day operations. Johnston fills the post held by Craig Muhlhauser, who left Visteon in April. Visteon, of Dearborn, Michigan, was spun off from Ford Motor Co. in June.