People moving up, out or on
Rick Wagoner, 47, became CEO of General Motors on June 1, taking the title from Jack Smith, 62, who remains chairman. Debra Kelly-Ennis, 43, was named marketing general manager of Oldsmobile, succeeding Karen Francis, 37, who left Oldsmobile to join Internet Capital Group.
Phil Guarascio, 58, GM's vice president in charge of advertising and corporate marketing, retired May 1. Guarascio's duties went to John Middlebrook, general manager of vehicle brand marketing. Anne Asensio, 37, joined GM as a design director, leaving her position as the No. 3 design executive at French automaker Renault SA.
Peter Augustsson, 45, was named CEO of Saab Automobile AB, succeeding Robert Hendry, 56, who became chairman of the Swedish automaker. Joel Manby, 41, CEO of Saab Cars USA Inc., became president of Greenlight.com, an online automotive buying service. He was replaced by Dan Chasins, 47.
At Ford Motor Co., Martin Inglis, 49, became vice president of Ford North America, part of a worldwide restructuring of Ford automotive operations into six business units. Bobbie Gaunt, 54, retired as president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. William Powers, 60, retired as vice president of research. He was replaced by Gerhard Schmidt, 54, director of powertrain development for the past decade at BMW AG.
Ulrich Bez, 56, was named chief executive of Aston Martin Lagonda, succeeding Bob Dover, 55, who became chairman of Land Rover. Hans-Olov Olsson, 59, was named president of Volvo Car Co., replacing Tuve Johannesson, who became vice chairman.
Jason Vines, 40, became Ford's vice president of communications, leaving the top public relations post at Nissan North America Inc. Vines replaced Vaughn Koshkarian, who was named to head Ford's Asia Pacific operations. Vines' post at Nissan was filled by Debra Sanchez Fair, 39.
Pete Pestillo, 63, Ford's vice chairman, was named CEO of Visteon Corp. Pestillo was replaced by John Rintamaki.
Jaguar North America named Ford Trustmark marketing chief Michelle Cervantez, 35, its vice president of marketing, replacing Steve Odell, 45, who moved to Mazda North American Operations as COO.
At DaimlerChrysler, Dieter Zetsche, 47, replaced Jim Holden, 49, as CEO of the Chrysler group. Wolfgang Bernhard was named COO. In the wake of the management change, Ted Cunningham, executive vice president for global sales and marketing, Chrysler brands, and Kathy Oswald, 51, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, retired immediately. Tony Cervone, vice president of communications, resigned and was replaced by Kenneth Levy, who had worked at GM's public relations operations in Europe.
Nissan North America Inc. named Tom Semple, 55, president of Nissan Design International Inc., its U.S. design center. Semple replaced Jerry Hirshberg, who retired.
Charlie Hughes, former CEO of Land Rover North America Inc., joined Mazda North American Operations as president.
Alan Johnson, hired by Robert Lutz to be COO at Exide Corp., returned to financially troubled Federal-Mogul Corp. Johnson's departure opened the door for Craig Muhlhauser, 51, the former president of Visteon Corp. Muhlhauser's spot at Visteon was filled by Mike Johnston, 53, who had been at Johnson Controls Inc.
Richard Snell, 59, resigned as chairman of Federal-Mogul Corp. and was replaced by former Chrysler Corp. executive Steve Miller, 58.
Gary Dickinson, 61, the first president and CEO of Delco Electronics Corp., the former GM division and Hughes Electronics Corp. subsidiary that is now part of Delphi Automotive Systems Corp.
Edwin Mullane, 89, industry watchdog and founder of the Ford Dealer Alliance. Mullane was a sharp critic of any factory encroachment on dealers
Richard Terrell, 81, a former vice chairman of General Motors. Terrell joined GM in 1937 as a messenger for the photographic staff and retired as vice chairman in 1979.
Organizations in transition
Ford Motor Co. bought Land Rover for $2.7 billion from BMW AG, adding the luxury truck brand to its Premier Automotive Group. Ford also launched the environmentally friendly Th!ink brand in the United States, dedicated to producing and marketing battery electric vehicles.
Visteon Corp. gained its independence from Ford in June in a spinoff in which Ford distributed 100 percent of the shares in Visteon to holders of Ford stock.
General Motors bought a 20 percent stake in Italy's Fiat Auto for $2.4 billion, while Fiat took a 5 percent stake in GM. GM also acquired a 20 percent stake in Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (Subaru).
DaimlerChrysler AG bought a controlling 34 percent stake of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for $1.93 billion. DaimlerChrysler also bought 10 percent of Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. for about $400 million to make a joint bid for Daewoo. The German automaker also acquired full ownership of Detroit Diesel Corp. for about $402 million.
Ford Contour. Part of Ford's much-touted 'world car' program, introduced in 1994. The Mondeo lives on in Europe.
Mercury Tracer. The counterpart to the Ford Escort was not replaced when the Ford Focus was launched. Escort production continues in Mexico.
Chrysler Cirrus. One of the 'cloud cars' from the JA platform introduced in 1995. The replacement Chrysler sedan wears the Sebring nameplate.
Dodge Avenger. The replacement for the sporty two-door has been given the Stratus nameplate.
Plymouth Breeze. Blown away when Chrysler redesigned its compact sedans, as will the Plymouth badge next year.
Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager. Also lost to the phaseout of the Plymouth brand. The Voyager nameplate lives on as the Chrysler Voyager.