TOYOTA MOTOR MANUFACTURING WEST VIRGINIA INC. - Yutaka Mizuno to president of the Buffalo, W. Va., engine and transmission plant. He was general manager of the Administration Division at Toyota's Honsha plant in Toyota City, Japan.
Toyota Manufacturing West Virginia makes four-cylinder and V-6 engines.
GENERAL MOTORS - Robert Purcell, 49, to group director of planning and new business development for GM Powertrain. He was executive director of GM's North America vehicle innovation programs.
Purcell will continue to be responsible for electric, hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles. He also will be on the GM Energy and Environmental Strategy Board and GM planning leadership team.
Paul Schmidt, 57, to controller. He was in charge of GM's investor relations.
He succeeds Wallace Creek, 63, who will become special adviser to CFO John Devine.
Randy Arickx will take Schmidt's former post. He was director of investor relations
John Aglialoro to manager of the Linden, N. J., truck assembly plant, where he was assistant plant manager.
Aglialoro succeeds Dan Tankersley, who retired April 1, after more than 28 years with GM.
CHRYSLER GROUP - Michael Donoughe, 43, to vice president for the family vehicle product team and family vehicle core team leader. He was director of car development for the Mercedes-Benz GST program in Stuttgart.
Donoughe succeeds Gordon Rinschler, who retired.
MERCEDES-BENZ USA INC. - Scott Keogh to general manager of corporate communications. He was manager for communication planning and brand development, responsible for all strategic brand planning and advertising.
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA INC. - Chris Frederick to vice president of information systems, responsible for directing information technology and systems for Nissan North America, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Nissan Canada and Nissan Mexico. He was director of information systems.
FORDDIRECT.COM - Douglas Prew, 41, to operations director. He will be responsible for overseeing dealer operations, the dealer assistance center and market representation strategy.
He was vice president of sales and marketing for Marketing Systems Americas in Troy, Mich.
Kathryn Bullach to public relations and communications director.
She was an account executive and Visteon Corp. corporate specialist at John Bailey & Associates in Troy, Mich.
FordDirect, of Dearborn, Mich., is a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Ford Division dealers. It provides information and online vehicle sales to consumers.
AUTOBYTEL INC. - John Honiotes to vice president of automotive operations, responsible for managing ongoing development of the company's national dealer network.
He was an auto industry consultant.
Autobytel.com is an online automotive marketing services company in Irvine, Calif.