DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS CORP. - Choon Chon, 54, is corporate vice president and president of Delphi Asia-Pacific. He was general director of Delphi Interior Systems, Asia-Pacific and president of Delphi Korea. David Heilman, president of Delphi Packard Electric Systems Division and a corporate vice president, will retire January 1, after 36 years with the company. He was succeeded November 1 by James Spencer, 47, who will remain a corporate vice president. Spencer was president of Delphi's Asia-Pacific region in Tokyo. Delphi Automotive Systems of Troy, Michigan, supplies brake, chassis and engine components, and thermal, electrical and steering systems.
LAND ROVER JAPAN - Christopher Ellis is the new president and managing director of Land Rover Japan Ltd. Ellis, 40, was manager, Asia Pacific region, in Ford Motor Co's. Portfolio Brand Strategy Group. Ellis has worked for Ford since 1993, including two years as global brand strategy manager at Mazda Motor Corp., which is 33.4 percent owned by Ford. Ford bought Land Rover on May 24.
AUTO CHASSIS INTERNATIONAL - Bruno de Sainte Marie, 47, is vice president of sales and business development. A company spokesperson said his task would be to develop ACI into a global Tier 1 supplier. ACI is the chassis components subsidiary of Renault SA. Sainte Marie was director of marketing for Valeo Engine Cooling. Before that he held posts at Walbro and Renault.
COLLINS & AIKMAN CORP. - Kenneth Arens is business unit general manager for United Kingdom operations. He was divisional chief executive for worldwide manufacturing of automotive decorative trim and fluid handling components at McKechnie PLC. Nick Munster moves to Swedish operations business unit manager. He was general manager of the fuel delivery systems operations of TI Group Automotive Systems. Masimo Zagati is vice president of finance and business development for European operations. He was director of mergers and acquisitions for the European operations of Lear Corp.'s Automotive Components unit. Collins & Aikman of Troy, Michigan, supplies floor and acoustic systems, and automotive fabric, interior trim and convertible-top systems.
FIAT AUTO S.P.A. - Humberto Rodriguez, 46, is style director. The position coordinates all of the style and design activities of the three styling centers of Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Lancia. He is a native of Spain. Rodriguez replaces Ermanno Cressoni, who remains within the company as head of advanced design. Rodriguez worked for more than 25 years for the Volkswagen group (at Audi from 1972 to 1989 and at Seat from 1989 to 1998) in design and project engineering, then for Moduteck. With the arrival of Rodriguez, Fiat Auto strengthens the presence of foreigners at the top of its styling activities. Lancia Styling Center is run by the American Mike Robinson; Alfa Romeo's is run by the Greek Andreas Zapatinas.
GKN SINTER METALS INC. - Neil Geldard-Williams is manager of the Lichfield, England, plant. He was plant director for GKN Driveshafts Ltd. in the United Kingdom. GKN Sinter Metals of Auburn Hills, Michigan, supplies powder metal automotive components.
LEAR CORP. - Christopher Obey is vice president of international purchasing in Sulzbach, Germany. He was director of European purchasing. Lear is an automotive interiors and electronics supplier in Southfield, Michigan
PSA/PEUGEOT-CITROEN SA - Jean-Marc Nicolle, vice president for strategy, has the key job of group product planning. His predecessor, Luc Epron, 60, is retiring. Nicolle also joins PSA's executive committee, on which Epron was not a member. It is the key decision-making body of the French group. Nicolle, 50, joined Peugeot in 1973 and held positions in PSA purchasing and product planning divisions. As vice president in charge of strategy since 1998, he has planned the PSA-Ford venture in diesel engines.
VALEO INC. - Dea-Anne D'Amico is vice president, human resources and administrative affairs. She also is a member of the management committee. D'Amico, 40, a U.S. citizen, worked for Compaq as human resources director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in charge of organizational development. Valeo, an independent industrial group, designs and produces automotive components, integrated systems and modules.
AKEBONO CORP. - Alan Swiech is director of administration. He was executive vice president of human resources for Cambridge Industries Inc. Akebono of Farmington Hills, Michigan, supplies original equipment and aftermarket brake components.
COLLINS & AIKMAN CORP. - Gregory Miller is senior director of design for the Global Product Development Division. He was design manager for the Truck Vehicle Center Color and Trim department of Ford Motor Co. Collins & Aikman of Troy, Michigan, supplies floor and acoustic systems, and automotive fabric, interior trim and convertible-top systems.
FEDERAL-MOGUL CORP. - Nicholas Pishotti, 60, is vice president of global supply chain management. He was vice president of strategic technologies for Ingersoll-Rand Co. Federal-Mogul of Southfield, Michigan, supplies automotive chassis and engine components, pistons and sealing systems.
FORD MOTOR CO. - Sandy Ulsh is vice president and executive director of the Ford Motor Co. Fund. She was director of worldwide pub- lic policy.
GKN SINTER METALS INC. - Matthew Yow is North American manager for the company's Six Sigma unit, a new position. He was manager of GKN Sinter Metals' Conover, N.C., plant.
ROBERT BOSCH CORP. - Michael Fettinger is director of operations analysis for Bosch Braking Systems in the Americas. His territory covers the United States, Mexico and Brazil. He was plant controller for the company's Saint Joseph, Michigan, factory. Uwe Kirberg is vice president of program management for the Automotive Group's Chassis Division. He was director of engineering for the Chassis Division. Danny Hyman is vice president of manufacturing for the Automotive Group's Charleston, South Carolina, plant. He was vice president of manufacturing for the Bosch plant in Anderson, South Carolina. Mike Mansuetti is vice president of manufacturing for the Anderson plant. He was director of hybrid electronic control unit manufacturing. Robert Bosch Corp. of Farmington Hills, Michigan, is a unit of Robert Bosch GmbH of Stuttgart, Germany. Bosch designs and produces precision components for automotive gasoline and diesel injection systems, airbags, ABS and conventional brakes, small motors and electronic equipment.
ROLLS-ROYCE AND BENTLEY MOTOR CARS LTD. - Jim Campbell is marketing director. He was international business director and Jaguar global account team leader for the Impiric division of Young & Rubicam Inc.
SIEMENS AUTOMOTIVE CORP. - Michael Degen is vice president and general manager of the Engine Cooling Motor Drives unit in London, Ontario. He will keep his position as vice president and general manager of the company's worldwide heating, ventilation and air conditioning motor drives unit. He was manufacturing manager of the North American Motor Operations. Degen's predecessor, Mehran Rahbar, is vice president and general manager of Powertrain Fuel Components in Newport News, Va. Siemens Automotive of Auburn Hills, Michigan, supplies electrical and electronic systems and components.
SUBARU OF AMERICA INC. - Clint Wetty is vice president for the Penn-Jersey region. He was sales manager.
YAZAKI NORTH AMERICA INC. - William Wilson Junior is president of the Components Business Unit. He was vice president of operations for United Technologies Automotive. Yazaki North America of Canton, Michigan, supplies automotive electronics and advanced technology.