Management Changes

THE GM RECALL

Akerson says GM's problems were worse than execs thought

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker's delayed ignition switch recall was indicative of a flawed corporate culture that was worse than he and other executives had originally recognized....
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Volkswagen marketing chief quits

July 25, 2014 22:20 CET
Volkswagen's global marketing head, Simon Thomas, will leave the post after about a year in the job. Thomas, a former top Nissan Europe executive, said he is leaving VW at his own request....
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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief

July 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Bentley named VW Group executive Marlies Rogait as its new head of human resources....
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Lockheed exec Washington succeeds Mascarenas as Ford's chief technical officer

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford has hired Lockheed executive Ken Washington as chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering, effective August 18, in a series of changes to the company's leadership team. He succeeds Paul Mascarenas, 53, who will retire after 32 years at Ford, effective October 1....
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Former Ford digital exec Monty joins PR and social media firm

9:16 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Scott Monty, Ford's former social media chief who left the automaker two months ago, is joining Shift Communications, a public relations and social media agency with offices in Boston, San Francisco and New York....
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Rolls-Royce names new China boss

July 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the ultraluxury brand's global vehicle sales to a record 3,630 last year....
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New Caddy boss knows luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Having spent nearly two decades in various roles at Audi and the past two years as global president of Infiniti, Johan de Nysschen, 54, comes to Cadillac as it's new boss with intimate knowledge of the luxury market and some of the key competitors he'll be up against....
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Top Toyota designer heads to Yamaha

12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya, a key designer who brought more emboldened, emotional styling to Toyota and Lexus vehicles, has been named design general manager for affiliate Yamaha Motor Co....
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HANS GREIMEL

How Infiniti will move ahead without de Nysschen

6:55 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Johan de Nysschen's unexpected departure from the helm of Infiniti to Cadillac comes at a delicate time for Nissan's luxury brand, just as things were falling into place. But that is exactly why the brand's leadership need not worry....
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GM hires de Nysschen to replace Ferguson as Cadillac chief

8:16 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
General Motors is hiring Johan de Nysschen, the former Audi executive who is leaving Nissan's Infiniti, to lead global Cadillac sales, GM said today. De Nysschen, 54, will fill the post vacated Thursday by Bob Ferguson, who's returning to his previous position as the automaker's top government lobbyist, effective immediately....
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Infiniti lures BMW exec to head global operations

July 8, 2014 12:49 CET
Infiniti has named longtime BMW executive Gaby-Luise Wuest as its head of global operations. Wuest succeeds Francois Goupil de Bouille, who has been appointed Infiniti's head of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations....
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Germany's Kiekert names new Asia chief

July 4, 2014 10:20 CET
Kiekert, a German supplier of automotive door locks and latches, has named Karl Lambertz director of its Asian operations....
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Infiniti hires Porsche official as first corporate communications director

2:49 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Infiniti Americas said it hired Nick Twork as director of corporate communications, a newly created position at the company, effective July 21. Twork, 34, comes to Infiniti from Porsche Cars North America, where he was the manager of product communications....
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Subaru names Jeff Walters to replace retiring U.S. sales head Cyphers

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Bill Cyphers, a 30-year veteran of Subaru of America and one of the key executives who helped the brand's sales skyrocket, is retiring as its senior vice president of sales. The company appointed Jeffrey Walters to the position, effective July 1....
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Suzuki's 84-year-old CEO causes concern over lack of succession plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Suzuki's investors are becoming increasingly concerned over who will succeed the carmaker's 84-year-old boss, Osamu Suzuki, who has spent almost three decades as head of the company....
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Renault names new engineering chief

June 25, 2014 12:02 CET
Renault named company veteran Gaspar Gascon Abellan as its new engineering chief. Abellan succeeds Jean-Michel Billig, who has left the automaker to work on personal projects....
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BRUCE GAIN

At PSA, Tavares echoes Renault's management template

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares's new executive committee structure is very much like the one he left behind at Renault when he was Carlos Ghosn's No. 2....
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Denso makes changes in North American executive management

4:00 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso said Sadahiro “Sam” Usui is the new chairman and CEO of its North American unit based in suburban Detroit. Usui replaces Hikaru "Howard" Sugi in the position. Sugi is retiring after heading Denso International America for the past three years....
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SGL Carbon names Majerus as CFO

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Carbon fiber manufacturer SGL Carbon has named Michael Majerus as its new chief financial officer. He starts a three-year term on July 1....
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Tavares names Europe chief, reshuffles top jobs at PSA

June 18, 2014 11:23 CET
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has appointed a boss for the company's European operations and recruited a former top Renault executive to head manufacturing in his latest management changes at the automaker....
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IAC promotes veteran exec to head European commercial operations

June 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Luxembourg-based supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has promoted Marcus Nyman to senior vice president of commercial operations for the European region....
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VW names Vazin successor to Cervone as U.S. communications chief

2:06 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Volkswagen Group of America said today that it promoted Scott Vazin to executive vice president of group communications, effective on June 1....
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Mulally gave turnaround advice to Sears' Lampert, report says

3:11 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
Eddie Lampert, the controlling shareholder at Sears and a major shareholder in AutoNation, met with Ford CEO Alan Mulally earlier this year to seek advice on how to turn around the ailing Sears chain, two sources told Reuters....
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Number of known GM dismissals reaches 8 out of 15

11:12 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
More names of ousted General Motors executives have begun to emerge -- eight of them so far, including at least one vice president and two directors -- for their roles in the still-unfolding drama over deadly ignition switches in older GM cars, according to people familiar with the matter....
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Overhaul ordered for GM's legal department

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
General Motors says its top attorney has survived today's wave of firings, but outside investigator Anton Valukas is calling for a sweeping overhaul of GM's legal department based on its handling of the ignition switch crisis....
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