Management Changes

Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET
Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government and community relations. McCall will have much to do as automakers lobby the EU to ease CO2 emissions targets and accelerate free-trade talks between Europe and the U.S....
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New Mini boss is former Audi executive

Jan. 22, 2015 09:32 CET
BMW named former Audi executive Sebastian Mackensen as head of its Mini brand. BMW is seeking ways to boost Mini's long-term profitability and is expected to discontinue three slow-selling Minis -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman....
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Toyota breaks ground on N.A. headquarters in Texas

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
A Toyota Tundra bulldozed through soil today in Plano, Texas, breaking ground on the automaker's new North American headquarters. Toyota in April said it would relocate the headquarters to Plano from Torrance, Calif. The move will consolidate engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate staff....
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McLaren names new design chief

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the company’s design director, Frank Stephenson....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Mercedes-Benz seeks new communication ties to customers

11:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Mercedes-Benz is on a mission to expand its footprint in the digital world, improve its customer service and maintain its ionic status, Ola Kaellenius, the executive charged with the brand's marketing and sales, said today at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress....
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Aston Martin hires former Porsche exec as China boss

Jan. 13, 2015 15:45 CET
Aston Martin has hired former Porsche and BMW executive Michael Mingshan Peng as its new China boss as the UK sports-car maker seeks to boost sales in the country....
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Dana CEO Wood to retire in 2016

10:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Roger Wood, CEO of powertrain component supplier Dana, will retire in April 2016, the company said today....
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Tenneco names JCI executive Kesseler as new COO

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
Tenneco named longtime Johnson Controls executive Brian Kesseler as its COO, effective Monday. Kesseler, 48, who has been president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions, replaces Hari Nair, who is retiring....
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Ford names Mark LaNeve head of U.S. marketing, sales and service

10:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
Ford today said Mark LaNeve, a former top sales executive at General Motors, will take over as its new head of US sales, marketing and service as of Feb. 1. LaNeve, 55, replaces John Felice, who was the company's US sales chief for only 15 months. Ford said Felice, 53, “has elected to retire” after a 30-year career at the automaker....
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Hyundai, Kia promote younger execs, with eye on succession planning

7:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors promoted younger executives in moves analysts said would help smooth an eventual leadership succession at the family-owned conglomerate....
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Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

Dec. 17, 2014 18:09 CET
The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components....
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VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Dec. 17, 2014 15:22 CET
Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Former Porsche executive Wolpert, who oversees strategy affecting more than 100 models across the multi-brand group, will be moved to VW's heavy trucks division, two sources told Reuters....
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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies....
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Ford hires ex-GM sales analyst to boost connectivity technologies

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Ford said today it has hired Paul Ballew, a former GM sales analyst, to help speed development of autonomous-driving, mobility and connectivity technologies....
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Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation....
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Ford elects former FCC chairman Kennard to its board

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Ford elected William Kennard, former US ambassador to the European Union and FCC chairman, to its board of directors....
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Tesla’s China president resigns after less than 9 months in post

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Tesla Motors said its top manager in China is leaving the company after less than nine months in the position....
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Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss....
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Mercedes sales chief Kaellenius seen as potential Zetsche successor after promotion to board

Dec. 11, 2014 14:34 CET
Daimler promoted Ola Kaellenius, head of sales for its Mercedes unit, to the group's management board, making him a potential candidate to succeed Dieter Zetsche as CEO. Zetsche's current contract runs until the end of 2016....
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BMW's designated CEO Krueger will usher in new era at automaker

Dec. 10, 2014 10:58 CET
BMW's designated CEO Harald Krueger is seen as an executive who commands respect among colleagues as a "straight shooter, a good motivator and a good speaker," according to one analyst, and by another as likely to start "a new era" at the automaker.....
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VW hires BMW exec Diess to lead core car brand

Dec. 9, 2014 08:18 CET
VW Group has appointed BMW development chief Herbert Diess to its management board. Diess, 56, will take over as chairman of the VW passenger car brand from CEO Martin Winterkorn, effective Oct. 1, 2015, the company said....
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BMW names Krueger next CEO, Reithofer new chairman

Dec. 9, 2014 10:33 CET
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer will step down in May, one year early, and hand over his post to production chief Harald Krueger. Reithofer will succeed Joachim Milberg as chairman of the company's supervisory board....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss....
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Grady to retire as head of Chrysler dealer network, Maserati's N.A. unit

11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Peter Grady will retire as head of Chrysler Group's dealer network on March 31, and will step down as head of Maserati North America at the first of the year. Grady, 54, will retain his current responsibilities until then, Chrysler said in a written statement today....
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