Personnel changes for Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Metaldyne LLC, Fallbrook Technologies Inc., TI Automotive and Nexteer Automotive.
DETROIT -- Mark Brainard has been named vice president of sales at the Hella Corporate Center, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.’s holding company in the United States.
Brainard’s responsibilities include seeking sales growth in energy management, driver assistance and lighting. He had been vice president of program management at Hella Electronics Corp.
Steve Lietaert was named vice president of program management at Hella Electronics. Lietaert is responsible for the North American launch of new products such as position sensors, driver assistance systems and energy management products.
He had been a product group director at Hella Electronics.
Brainard and Lietaert will report to Martin Fischer, CEO of Hella Electronics and president of the Hella Corporate Center. Both will be based in suburban Detroit, where Hella Electronics and the Hella Corporate Center are headquartered.
DETROIT — Metaldyne LLC has named Mark Blaufuss CFO.
Blaufuss had been CFO of UCI International Inc. At Metaldyne, he will oversee the corporate finance group, which includes bank reporting, regulatory compliance, shareholder reporting, global information strategy, benefits and financial oversight.
Metaldyne makes metal parts for engines, transmissions and drivelines. Products include connecting rods, bearing caps, cylinder oil jets, transmission subassemblies and other powertrain components. The company has 24 facilities in 13 countries and generates $930 million in annual revenue.
Metaldyne, of suburban Detroit, is owned by The Carlyle Group, a private equity fund.
SAN DIEGO — Fallbrook Technologies Inc. has added two former automotive executives, Neil Ressler and Rudy Schlais Jr., to its Transportation Industry Advisory Board.
Ressler was Ford Motor Co.’s chief technology officer, and Schlais was CEO of General Motors Asia Pacific.
Members of the advisory board help Fallbrook evaluate product requirements and market opportunities for the NuVinci DeltaSeries, a line of continuously variable planetary transmissions.
Fallbrook Technologies, of San Diego, manufactures and markets NuVinci drivetrains for bicycles and light electric vehicles. It also works with other companies to commercialize its NuVinci technology.
DETROIT — TI Automotive has named Frank Buscemi director of marketing and communications. He is based in suburban Detroit.
Buscemi, 39, had been with the Quell Group, where he coordinated the introduction of TI’s new brand identity. Before that, he was public relations manager for ZF Group North American Operations.
TI Automotive, of suburban Detroit, produces fuel tanks and fuel handling systems.
SAGINAW, Mich. — Nexteer Automotive has appointed four vice presidents.
Laurent Bresson, 39, has been named vice president of global sales and marketing in Europe. Bresson was executive director of global sales and marketing. He will retain his global oversight as he leads the European operation. Bresson joined Nexteer 11 years ago.
Lloyd Doddridge, 47, has been named vice president of the Asia Pacific region. He was an executive director for the Asia region. Doddridge joined Nexteer five years ago.
Carol Kemmer, 53, has been named vice president of finance. She was company treasurer, and will retain that responsibility. Kemmer has been with the company 25 years.
Joseph Perkins, 42, has been named vice president and chief accounting officer. He was the company’s controller, and he will retain that assignment. Perkins is a 20-year veteran of Nexteer.
Nexteer, of Saginaw, supplies steering and driveline products.
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