Management Changes

Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968....
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Jaguar Land Rover will make China chief its Europe boss, source says

July 1, 2015 10:45 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will move Bob Grace, its China chief, to lead its European unit, a source said. The company's new China chief will have to deal with slowing industrywide demand amid a prolonged government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption, which has hit luxury car sales....
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Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor

5:50 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son Toshihiro as his successor, appointing him president and COO of the family's namesake carmaker. Osamu Suzuki will keep his positions as chairman and CEO....
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Toyota Europe's new sales boss must hold off surging Nissan

June 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota's new European sales and marketing boss, Matt Harrison, faces the challenge of defeating Japanese rival Nissan's goal of becoming Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Nissan sales are surging thanks to new products while Toyota's aging lineup is holding back growth....
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Daimler poaches BMW's connected drive executive

1:09 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Daimler said it had hired Sajjad Khan, a senior BMW executive responsible for the automaker's Connected Drive program, in a coup for the Mercedes-Benz parent company....
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Hyundai to hire Donckerwolke to succeed Schreyer, report says

June 17, 2015 11:31 CET

Hyundai Motor will hire Volkswagen Group veteran Luc Donckerwolke to succeed Peter Schreyer as head of design for the Hyundai and Kia brands, a report said....
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Ford ad agency names NASCAR exec as COO

12:43 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Ford's ad agency, Global Team Ford, has named Kim Brink as its new COO. Brink had been NASCAR's senior vice president of marketing....
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Audi's engine chief quits, adding pressure amid rising competition from Mercedes

June 16, 2015 19:03 CET

Audi's engine development chief, Stefan Knirsch, is leaving the company just as the brand is pushing into electric cars and faces growing competition from rival Mercedes....
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VW committee said to meet to discuss new structure

June 12, 2015 13:13 CET

VW Group's steering committee will meet to discuss the development of a new structure for the automaker, but won't talk about personnel issues including the selection of a new chairman to replace Ferdinand Piech, sources said....
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VW sales chief could lose job as carmaker reorganizes, report says

June 11, 2015 15:17 CET

VW Group sales chief Christian Klingler could lose his job as part of a reorganization by the carmaker intended to boost profits, company sources said....
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Visteon names Harman exec as new CEO

8:41 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Auto parts supplier Visteon today named Sachin Lawande as its next CEO, succeeding Tim Leuliette, whose retirement was announced in March....
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Fiat Chrysler labor chief Iacobelli retires as UAW talks loom

12:04 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

On the verge of UAW negotiations, Fiat Chrysler said Al Iacobelli -- its head of North American employee relations -- is retiring and is being replaced with the HR head in Mexico. Iacobelli, 55, who has been a key driver of Chrysler's labor relations for more than a decade, “has announced his plans to retire from the company” effective immediately, FCA US said in a statement today....
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Nesbitt has pedigree to shape Buick design

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Designer Bryan Nesbitt returns to the U.S. to take over the Buick brand. And he seems to have the pedigree to lead design for GM's near-premium brand as it seeks to build its U.S. lineup and maintain its heavyweight status in China....
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Brose North America appoints new president

2:39 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH today named Mike Brosseau president of its North American subsidiary, Brose North America Inc. Brosseau, 47, succeeds Jan Kowal, 66, who is retiring....
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Takata will give quality chief more authority with board role

4:45 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Takata, the troubled Japanese supplier behind the massive global airbag recall crisis, will give the executive in charge of quality assurance, Hiroshi Shimizu, more authority by naming him to the board of directors....
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VW labor chief says new structure needed before new chairman

June 3, 2015 14:27 CET

Volkswagen needs to come up with a new structure before thinking about appointing a permanent chairman, VW's powerful labor chief, Bernd Osterloh, said....
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Nissan names Toyota Europe veteran as sales chief

June 3, 2015 08:57 CET

Nissan named Toyota Europe veteran Daniele Schillaci as its new global head of sales and marketing, filling the final major vacancy left by last year's departure of former chief planning officer Andy Palmer to Aston Martin....
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Ford appoints UK boss Ovenden as new Russia chief

June 2, 2015 14:23 CET

Ford named Russian market veteran Mark Ovenden as the new CEO of its joint venture in the country. Ovenden's task will be to turn around the automaker's troubled Russian operations that have been hit by the country's industrywide slump....
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints former Porsche exec as China sales head

June 1, 2015 12:02 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has appointed former Porsche executive Mark Bishop as its new China sales boss, amid a slowdown in one of its key markets....
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Winterkorn says it will take time to replace Piech on Audi board

May 22, 2015 16:10 CET

Audi Chairman Martin Winterkorn said finding a board replacement for Ferdinand Piech will take time. Piech quit his Audi board role along with other VW Group posts last month after a public showdown with Winterkorn....
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VW works council boss calls for cuts to management board

May 21, 2015 15:40 CET

The head of Volkswagen Group's works council, Bernd Osterloh, has called for a pared-down management structure at the carmaker following the departure of Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman....
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Citroen names former BMW exec as China director

May 20, 2015 13:06 CET

Former BMW executive Sabine Scheunert is the new head of Citroen in China. Scheunert is the first woman to become director of a European brand in China and is responsible for Citroen's largest single market....
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BMW is one big, happy family as squabbles damage rival Volkswagen

May 14, 2015 11:17 CET

The normally secretive Quandt family, which controls a majority stake in BMW, praised the company's seamless appointment of CEO Harald Krueger as rival VW Group inspects the damage from a bitter leadership crisis....
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Piech avoids family showdown over VW

May 13, 2015 11:41 CET

Ferdinand Piech avoided a showdown with his cousin, Wolfgang Porsche, by not attending today's annual shareholders meeting of his family's holding company that controls a majority stake in Volkswagen Group....
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BMW's new CEO starts in shadow of predecessor's shift to chairman

May 13, 2015 10:50 CET

The first test facing Harald Krueger, BMW Group's new CEO, will be to emerge from the shadows of his predecessor, Norbert Reithofer, who will be watching over his shoulder as the new chairman....
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