ISUZU MOTORS LTD. - Yoshinori Ida, who had been managing director in charge of the automaker's alliance with General Motors, is president and COO. He succeeds Takeshi Inoh, who becomes vice chairman in charge of customer services. Ida, 57, was involved in setting up DMAX Ltd., the Isuzu-GM joint venture in Moraine, Ohio, that makes diesel engines. GM owns a 49 percent stake in Isuzu. Ida's first priority will be to speed up the company's restructuring and get the cash-strapped truckmaker back to profitability. Isuzu is expected to post a loss for the full year, its second in a row.
ACI - Bruno de Sainte Marie, 47, is vice president for sales and business development at Auto Chassis International. A company spokesman said his task would be to develop ACI into a global Tier 1 supplier. ACI is Renault's chassis components subsidiary. De Sainte Marie most recently worked as marketing director at Valeo Engine Cooling. Before that he held posts at Walbro and Renault.
ANFIA - Carlo Sinceri, 54, is chairman of ANFIA, the national association of Italian vehicle manufacturers. He replaces Pero Fusaro, a veteran of Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, who is retiring after having been chairman of ANFIA since 1992. Sinceri was executive vice president for marketing and sales at Fiat Auto. Juan Jose Diaz Ruiz took that position September 1, joining Fiat from Toyota Motor Europe.
LAND ROVER - Land Rover has appointed its first dedicated Web marketing chief. Nina Larsen, 34, is global e-marketing manager. She reports to John Edwards, Land Rover's global marketing director. Larsen joins Land Rover from Ford Great Britain, where she was project team leader for Ford Journey, the company's direct sales channel. She previously held several management positions at a fashion retail operation in Norway.
LEAR CORP. - Christo-pher 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.
MASERATI - Marcello Pochettino, the Fiat Auto veteran who became managing director of Maserati in April, has left the company. No reason for his departure was given. No replacement has been named. Pochettino is a former head of Fiat Auto Ireland and managing director of Fiat Auto Espana. Meanwhile, Maserati has hired Attilio Di Resta as commercial director. Di Resta comes from Mercedes-Benz Italia, where he was sales director for new and used cars. Di Resta also has worked at Renault and Citroen.
ROLLS-ROYCE & BENTLEY - Jim Campbell is marketing director of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars in Crewe, England. He was international business director at Impiric, where he headed up the global account team for Jaguar. Impiric is a division of marketing services agency Young & Rubicam. Campbell, 45, has held a variety of sales and marketing roles, among them marketing director for Land Rover U.K. and regional director for BMW Rover's Asia Pacific region. In his new role, Campbell reports directly to Adrian Hallmark, member of the Rolls-Royce & Bentley board for sales and marketing.
VAUXHALL - Diana Tremblay is director of manufacturing at Vauxhall's plant in Luton, England. Vauxhall is General Motors' unit in the United Kingdom. The Luton plant builds the Vectra. Trem-blay also joins Vauxhall's board of directors. Tremblay moves from Detroit, where she was director of the GM Labor Relations Unit. Before that she held several senior managerial roles within GM Powertrain. Tremblay replaces Chris Gubbey, who has moved to Shanghai to become executive vice president of GM's China operations.
BUDD CO. - Harold Hoffman is vice president of information technology. He was manager of management information systems. Marion Helmes is vice president of corporate development. She was director of corporate development. Budd of Troy, Michigan, supplies sheet metal and sheet molded composite automotive doors, fenders, roofs, hoods and deck lids; and aluminum, gray iron and ductile iron castings.
COVISINT - Jacqui Dedo, 39, is head of sales and customer enablement activities. She had not been given a formal title at press time. Dedo was president of the Ford Value Team at Robert Bosch Corp. Covisint is the e-business trading exchange formed by DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors and joined by Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Its temporary headquarters is in Southfield, Michigan.
FORD MOTOR CO. - Michael Wright is Ford Motor Co.'s new Trustmark marketing manager. Wright, who had been West marketing manager for Pontiac-GMC since January 1999, started his Ford post November 6. Wright, 40, is in charge of Ford's corporate umbrella brand, which includes global media buying for all of Ford's brands. Wright, who worked at General Motors since 1985, replaces Michelle Cervantez. She became vice president of marketing for Jaguar Cars North America in August, after a year on Trustmark.
FORD MOTOR CREDIT CO. - The company has realigned the business units within its North American financing operations and has established two operating groups: Ford Credit North America and North America Diversified. Leading them are:
A.J. Wagner is vice president for Ford Credit North Amer-ica, where he will oversee Ford Credit's U.S. and Canadian sales operations. Also reporting to Wagner will be Ford and Lincoln Mer-cury brand management, minority dealer relations and business development. Wagner was Ford Credit's senior vice president of Western U.S. operations.
John Noone is senior vice president of North America Diversified, which includes the operations of Ford Credit finance affiliates PRIMUS, Commercial Lending Ser-vices, AMI, Fairlane, Triad and Volvo. He also will oversee the development of luxury brand finance strategies. Noone was Ford Credit's senior vice president of Eastern U.S. and Canadian operations.
FREUDENBERG-NOK GENERAL PARTNERSHIP - John VanAlstyne is president of e-commerce and information technology, a new position. He was vice president and general manager for new business development. He remains president of Flexitech Inc., a joint venture for automotive hose assembly production by Freudenberg-NOK, Meiji Rubber & Chemical Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corp. Freuden-berg-NOK of Plymouth, Michigan, supplies sealing packages for transmissions, engines, brakes, axles and steering; noise, vibration and harshness components and packages; and components for suspension, electrical and fuel systems.
GENERAL MOTORS - Cheryl Ollila is director of labor relations for General Motors' North American Labor Relations unit. She was assistant director of labor relations for the Wage Adminis-tration and Divisional Labor Relations unit. In her new position, Ollila will be responsible for strategic planning, sourcing, job security, hourly employment and business plan development. She will report to Dean Munger, executive director of labor relations. Ollila began her career in 1977 with Fisher Body Division. Since then she has held various managerial positions at Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada and the Mid-sized Car organizations. She joined the corporate labor relations staff in 1996. Ollila replaces Diana Trem-blay, who becomes director of manufacturing at GM's Vaux-hall plant in Luton, England.
GENERAL MOTORS POWERTRAIN - Michael Chapman is the new manager of the Defiance, Ohio, castings plant. He was director of manufacturing at the Vauxhall Motors Limited Ellesmere Port plant in the United Kingdom. Chapman replaces Michael Hamilton, who will retire after 35 years with General Motors. GM Powertrain in Pontiac, Michigan, designs, develops, integrates and builds powertrains for General Motors worldwide. It sells engines, transmissions, castings and components to non-GM original-equipment manufacturers.
GENERAL MOTORS SERVICE PARTS OPERATIONS - Duane Miller is the new general sales manager for GM Parts. He was general sales manager for ACDelco Aftermarket. Miller succeeds Gar Smith, who retired after 34 years with General Motors.
Scott Mackie, general director of SPO International and new ventures, will take over responsibility for ACDelco Aftermarket.
General Motors Service Parts Operations is in Grand Blanc, Michigan
McLAREN PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES - Steven Rossi is president and CEO of McLaren Performance Technologies. Rossi, who began at McLaren on December 1, replaced Wiley McCoy as president. Rossi is an automotive veteran in public relations and engineering. Most recently, Rossi was vice president of global communications for the Chrysler group.
MERCEDES-BENZ USA - Jeffrey Fisher is general manager of corporate communications. He was senior manager of public affairs for Mer-cedes-Benz and Daimler-Chrysler in Melbourne, Australia.
Joe Johnson moves to corporate development and transformation officer. He was market manager for the Los Angeles region of Mercedes-Benz USA.
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA INC. - Jane Nakagawa is director of advanced planning, strategy and administration. She was corporate manager of advanced planning.
PRICELINE.COM - Maryann Keller quit as president of Priceline.com's automotive division. Keller, 57, a former auto analyst and author, was replaced by Pamela Caputo, a Priceline.com vice president.
PRIMUS FINANCIAL SERVICES - John Sheppard is national account manager for Land Rover. He will oversee the launch of the Land Rover private financial label as well as manage the Land Rover account. He was business development manager for Ford Credit International. Primus Financial Services of Franklin, Tennessee, serves automotive retail, lease and wholesale customers.
ROLAND BERGER & PARTNERS - Donna Parolini, 40, is the new associate partner for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. She will work in Detroit, where she will develop strategies for supplier clients. She was president and CEO of International Business Development Corp. in Detroit.
Roland Berger, a strategy consultant firm, has offices throughout Germany.
VOLVO CARS OF CANADA - Paul Cummings is president and CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. He succeeds Ken Brusca, who will work as strategic adviser to the executive management team at Volvo Cars of North America in Rockleigh, New Jersey.
Before his new appointment, Cummings was director of network development for Volvo Cars of North America, responsible for retailer development, including the management of Premier Automotive Group franchise issues.