GENERAL MOTORS - Tony Cervone, 38, to executive director of executive communications. He was vice president of Chrysler group communications at DaimlerChrysler. Before that, Cervone was executive director of corporate communications for General Motors.
Cervone will oversee the communications and media relations needs of GM's top officers, including Chairman Jack Smith, CEO Rick Wagoner, Vice Chairman Harry Pearce and CFO John Devine. He also will be responsible for financial and corporate international communications, oversee the corporate speechwriting staff and team with GM's internal communications efforts on leadership communications.
GENERAL MOTORS/ONSTAR - Ovell Barbee to director of OnStar human resources. He was the senior human resources operations manager for the telematics unit at Motorola Inc.
OnStar is General Motors' in-vehicle communication and information service. It uses the global positioning system satellite network and cellular technology to link vehicles and drivers to the OnStar Center, where advisers offer assistance.
CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF MICHIGAN - David Andrea to director of the center's forecasting group. He was the chief economist for CSM Worldwide.
Center for Automotive Research of Ann Arbor, Mich., conducts research in significant issues related to the direction of the global automotive industry. It also organizes and conducts forums on automotive issues.
Environmental Research Institute of Michigan is also in Ann Arbor.
MINACS GROUP (USA) INC. - George Breckner to assistant vice president for transportation business development. He was sales director for Japanese automotive accounts for Motorola Inc.'s Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group.
Dave Waggoner, 55, to vice president of business development. He was director of executive and leadership communications for EDS.
Minacs Group of Auburn Hills, Mich., is a global customer relationship management company.
J.D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES - Jeffery Schuster to director of North American forecasting and product analysis. He was senior manager of North American forecasting.
John Farstvedt to director of evaluator management. He was manager of evaluator management.
Both men work in the Troy, Mich., office.
J.D. Power and Associates of Agoura Hills, Calif., is a global marketing information services firm.