KIA - Jae-Hun Yu has been named president of Kia Motors Europe. Yu succeeds K. H. Nam, who has left Kia Motors Europe to take up a new position within the Kia group.
Yu, 50, had been director of Overseas Sales Group 1 in Kia's International Business Division (including Europe) since 2001.
Kia launched four new models in Europe last year, including the Sorento sport-utility. Under Yu's presidency, Kia will introduce 11 more new models in the next three years. The Korean carmaker is targeting sales of 300,000 units a year in Europe by 2005.
Kia Motors Europe is in Eschborn, Germany.
DAEWOO - Daewoo Motor Italia Chairman An Soo Choi returned to South Korea as head of Korean domestic market sales at GM Daewoo Auto & Technology.
Choi, 53, spent 13 years in Italy working for various Daewoo group companies, including the last seven years as chairman of Daewoo Motor Italia.
Sung Koo Rha, who joined the Daewoo group in 1975, has replaced Choi at Daewoo Motor Italia. Rha, 50, has worked for Daewoo in South Korea, North America, the UK and Australia. His most recent assignment was in Spain as president and executive director of Daewoo Motor Iberia.
- Luca Ciferri
TAG McLAREN - Andrew Walmsley, managing director of McLaren Cars, said he will leave the TAG McLaren group. Walmsley's decision follows the creation of a new automotive division within TAG McLaren and the appointment of Antony Sheriff, a 39-year-old American, as managing director of the division.
Sheriff joined McLaren in January from Fiat Auto where he was responsible for product development and planning for all Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Lancia cars and, most recently, held the position of vice president of marketing.
McLaren, based in Woking, England, has developed the new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren that will be launched later this year. The SLR will be built by McLaren in Woking.
McLaren's new automotive division comprises all of the activities of McLaren Cars and McLaren Composites.
SAAB - Eric Geers, 41, has been named Saab's head of communications. Geers succeeds Niklas Andersson, who is moving to the sales, marketing and aftersales area.
Geers joined the Saab distribution organization in his home country of the Netherlands in 1986. Geers rejoins the Swedish carmaker from GM Europe in Zurich, Switzerland, where he was the main contact for local Saab communications organizations.
PORSCHE - Joachim Lamla, 39, will replace Peter Schwarzenbauer as head of the Porsche Iberica unit, which includes Spain and Portugal, effective March 1. Schwarzenbauer was recently named CEO of Porsche Cars North America. Lamla, 39, oversaw controlling of Porsche unit companies.
- Paulo Soares de Oliveira
KOLBENSCHMIDT PIERBURG - W. Hans Engelskirchen and Georg Liebler retired from their positions as executive board members of Kolbenschmidt Pierburg at the end of January. They will act as consultants until mid-2004.
Engelskirchen had been with the German supplier since the beginning of 1987, most recently as board member in charge of production. Georg Liebler, who joined in January 1989, was board member responsible for sales.
The executive board is now made up of Gerd Kleinert (chairman), Jorg-Martin Friedrich and Peter Merten.
ZF - ZF Group North American Operations promoted Tom Gorman to vice president chassis components North America, and Kurt Mueller to vice president chassis systems North America. Both positions are within ZF Lemforder, ZF's passenger-car chassis division.
Gorman joined ZF in October 2000 as general manager of the chassis components business unit, after 17 years with Dana. Mueller joined ZF in 1997 as a project manager, after 20 years with Dana. In 1999, he was promoted to general manager of the chassis systems business unit.
ZF Group North American Operations is a division German chassis and driveline specialist ZF Friedrichshafen.