GENERAL MOTORS - Jay Cooney, 35, to director of legal communications at the company's Detroit headquarters. He was senior manager of global sales, dealer and customer communications, and legal and safety public affairs for DaimlerChrysler.
Mike Morrissey, 35, to manager of media relations for the Washington office. He will specialize in safety-related policy issues. He was director of media and public relations for the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Frank Palopoli, GM manufacturing manager, will retire April 1. He joined GM in 1968 in the former GMC Truck & Coach Division in Pontiac, Mich.
William Boggs to GM manufacturing manager. He was manager of GM's Detroit-Hamtramck car assembly plant.
Joseph Ponce to manager of the Detroit-Hamtramck vehicle assembly plant. He was manager of GM of Canada's Windsor, Ontario, transmission plant.
Herman Maass, manager of the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, will retire May 1, after 42 years with GM. He joined the company in 1959 as a student at Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute.
Maureen Midgley to manager of the Lordstown plant, effective April 1. She is the assistant plant manager there. She has worked at several other GM plants.
JAGUAR NORTH AMERICA - Kathy Weilbacker to human resources manager. She was a human resources associate. She joined Jaguar in 1985.
CROSS COUNTRY AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES - Peter Van Alstine to vice president of telematics. He was co-founder and vice president of business development for Boats.com, an Internet marketplace for the marine industry.
Cross Country Automotive Services of Boston provides mobility-related customer service programs in North America, including emergency roadside assistance, telematics support, direct marketing and customer relationship management.
PRIMUS FINANCIAL SERVICES - Michael Kuhn to vice president of sales. He was managing director for PRIMUS Europe.
PRIMUS Financial Services of Franklin, Tenn., provides automotive financial services. It is a division of Ford Motor Co.'s Ford Credit in Dearborn, Mich.
NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION - Carl Ragsdale to COO of the Dealer Services Group. For the past three years, he has provided consulting services to General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Chrysler and Acura dealers through NADA 20 Groups.
NADA of McLean, Va., represents franchised new-car and truck dealers.
COBALT GROUP INC. - Doug Beighle to vice president of account services. He will work to increase Cobalt's strategic auto manufacturer accounts west of the Mississippi, as well as work with its major auto dealer group clients.
He was president, CEO and founder of Request4Bid.com, an e-marketplace for computer hardware in Bellevue, Wash.
Cobalt Group of Seattle provides e-business products and services to the automotive industry.