BEHR - Markus Flik has been app-ointed CEO of Behr, the German heating and ventilation systems supplier. He will succeed current CEO Horst Geidel on July 1.
Flik joined the Behr board in 1997 and is currently in charge of research and development and the engine cooling product division.
With the appointment of Flik, Behr has jumped a generation in its management hierarchy. The
42-year-old Flik was picked over long-time board member and marketing director Rudi Ludwig, 54.
Behr said Ludwig intends to leave the company in April.
Behr also appointed Klemens Schmiederer, 43, and Andreas Thumm, 42, to the management board. Schmiederer remains head of the air conditioning division and Thumm stays in charge of the engine cooling division.
Geidel will move to company's supervisory board.
Stuttgart-based Behr acquired DaimlerChrysler's Dayton Ther-mal Products operation in early 2002. Behr had sales of E2.8 billion last year.
- Edmund Chew
SKF - Tom Johnstone has been named CEO of Sweden's SKF, the world's largest producer of roller bearings. He succeeds Sune Carlsson, 61, who is retiring.
The change takes place April 15.
Johnstone, 47, was born in Scotland and joined SKF as a salesman at SKF (UK) in 1997. Since then, he has held a number of managerial positions in sales and marketing. In 1996 he was appointed president of the automotive division and in 1999 was made executive vice president of the SKF group.
Christer Gyberg, president of SKF's industrial division, will take over as executive vice president.
IVM - German vehicle development specialist IVM Automotive has appointed Ulrich Melling-hoff, 52, as managing director.
Mellinghoff will move to IVM on March 1 from German stamping firm Sachsenring, where he is currently responsible for production, development and sales.
Before joining Sachsenring, Mellinghoff was in charge of development of the current 3 series at BMW.
Edscha, the German hinge and convertible roof specialist, bought IVM in July 2002.