MG ROVER - MG Rover created a new business group called Xpart to manage its parts business and appointed John Parkinson as managing director. Xpart's expected annual revenue is £250 million (E402 million).
John Sanders will replace Parkinson as MG Rover sales and marketing director. Sanders had been marketing director.
HONDA - David Strangeway has been named general manager for Honda (UK) Car Division.
Strangeway (below) joined Honda UK in 1990 as franchise and dealer development manager. He became national corporate sales manager in 1993 and regional manager - southern region in 1996, before taking over as head of human resources last year.
Ken Keir, who had been temporary general manager, goes back to his original position of managing director of Honda UK.
NISSAN - Pierre Loing has been appointed general manager for product strategy and planning at Nissan Europe.
Loing, 42, will lead a team of 28 people in Nissan Europe's product planning department in Paris, which is responsible for the mid- and long-term planning of future vehicles for the Europe.
A former general manager of product strategy at Renault, Loing was one of the first Renault employees sent to Nissan in Japan following the Renault-Nissan alliance in 1999.
GENERAL MOTORS - Sandro Malatto, 53, became chairman of General Motors France on May 3. Cesare Prati, 42, took over Malatto's previous position as CEO of Opel Italia. Prati was Opel Italia sales director.
Both Malatto and Prati report directly to Massimo Berni, executive director of sales, marketing and aftersales for southern Europe at GM Europe.
ROLLS-ROYCE - Howard Mosher returned to Rolls-Royce, this time as director of worldwide sales and marketing for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
Mosher, 55, was president of Rolls-Royce's US sales and marketing subsidiary from 1988 to 1994. He was most recently president of Land Rover North America.
Volkswagen has controlled both the Rolls-Royce and Bentley brands, but BMW takes over Rolls-Royce on January 1.
- Jim Henry