DETROIT -- Longtime automotive executive David Nelson has stepped down as head of Delphi Corp.'s global supply management unit, the company said Friday.
Nelson, 68, is retiring after a 48-year automotive career.
Sidney Johnson, 44, was named Delphi's new vice president for global supply management, effective immediately.
According to a statement released by Delphi, Nelson worked for TRW Inc. from 1957 to 1987 in various manufacturing, quality control, materials, purchasing, sales and marketing positions. In 1987, he joined Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio, and was a corporate officer there for 10 years. He was promoted to the Honda of America board in 1997.
Later in 1997 Nelson was named vice president of worldwide supply management at Deere & Co. in Moline, Ill. Nelson joined Delphi and was named to his current position in February 2002.
Johnson most recently was director of global supply management for Delphi's Packard Electric unit. He will be a member of the Delphi strategy board, the company's top policy-making group.
Johnson joined General Motors in 1994 as a senior supplier quality engineer at its Saturn division in Spring Hill, Tenn. He moved to Delphi's Harrison Thermal Operations in Dayton, Ohio, in 1995 and held a variety of operating assignments in manufacturing, purchasing, quality and materials management for the next several years.
Johnson will report to Delphi President Rodney O'Neal. Delphi said Nelson will remain on hand for several months "to ensure an orderly transition of responsibilities."
Delphi Corp. ranks No. 2 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with estimated worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $24.1 billion in 2004.