Group 1 Automotive Inc., of Houston, announced two personnel moves. John Rickel has been named CFO. He resigned in August from Ford Motor Co., where he had been controller for the Americas. Before that, he was CFO at Ford or Europe. H. Clifford Buster has been named vice president and treasurer. He was vice president
Group 1 owns 94 auto dealerships that handle 142 franchises and 32 brands in 12 states. It ranks No. 5
on the Automotive News list of the top 100 dealership groups in the United States with retail sales of 117,971 new vehicles in 2004.