Management Changes

Daimler, VW dampen speculation about imminent CEO succession

11:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Succession is not an imminent topic at Daimler or Volkswagen, the chief executives of both carmakers said today, adding that any potential candidates would most likely come from within their respective companies....
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Betts leaves Chrysler after another poor quality showing

9:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's quality chief has left the company, a day after the automaker ranked last in a closely watched scorecard on vehicle reliability in the United States. Doug Betts, 51, who joined Chrysler from Nissan in 2007, will “pursue other interests,” Chrysler said in a statement today....
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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Daniel Starke is the new Rolls-Royce interior design head, a role he previously held at BMW's i electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle subbrand....
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Honda, after 5th Fit recall, appoints first quality czar; top execs take pay cut

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
In an unprecedented move, Honda, announcing its fifth Fit recall in 12 months, appointed a quality czar to clamp down on problems. Senior executives will also take pay cuts for three months to take responsibility for the recall-plagued car....
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Lotus names Carr as new design chief

Oct. 23, 2014 12:09 CET
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car maker. Coco, one of a number of star hirings made by former CEO Dany Bahar, will be replaced by the carmaker's current design manager, Russell Carr....
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Italy's Sogefi reports nine-month net loss of 5.8 million euros

Oct. 22, 2014 11:24 CET
Italian supplier Sogefi reported a net loss of 5.8 million euros ($7.4 million) for the first nine months of the year and said CEO Guglielmo Fiocchi would leave the company....
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Bentley appoints Austrian dealership veteran as Europe sales boss

Oct. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Bentley named Robert Engstler as its regional director for Europe. Austrian-born Engstler joins Bentley from the dealer group Porsche Holding Salzburg....
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Colorado Ford, Subaru dealer Carlson in line to become '16 NADA chairman

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association chose Colorado dealer Jeff Carlson as its next vice chairman, putting him in line to become chairman after Bill Fox of New York, who -- as expected -- will be NADA's 2015 chairman....
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Nissan recruits Hyundai Europe COO as global sales chief

Oct. 10, 2014 12:27 CET
Nissan has tapped Hyundai Europe's chief operating officer, Allan Rushforth, to be its new global sales chief. Nissan said Rushforth had demonstrated his ability to lead multicultural teams. He will work out of Nissan's global headquarters in Japan....
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BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer

Oct. 8, 2014 10:21 CET
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. Fedeli joined Ferrari in 1988 and has been responsible for the engineering of all Ferrari cars since 2007....
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Chrysler names Harlow to replace Pino atop NAFTA manufacturing

11:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Chrysler Group has dispatched its Italian-born head of North American manufacturing, Mauro Pino, to Latin America and replaced him with its head of powertrain manufacturing....
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Tesla spokesman Sproule leaves to be CMO at Aston Martin

11:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Aston Martin, the British sports car brand, said today it hired Simon Sproule, the vice president of communications at Tesla Motors, to serve as chief marketing officer under new CEO Andy Palmer. The move is effective November 1....
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Opel shakes up Russia operations

Sept. 16, 2014 09:30 CET
Opel will reorganize its Russian operations in response to difficult market conditions amid the crisis over Ukraine. The GM subsidiary will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift....
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VW-SAIC joint venture names industry veteran as president

Sept. 12, 2014 16:30 CET
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, a joint venture between VW and SAIC Motor, hired veteran executive Chen Zhangxian as its new president. Shanghai VW operates five plants in China and sold 1.1 million VW and Skoda vehicles in the first eight months....
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GILLES CASTONGUAY

Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

4:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
After Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said he will no longer lead the sports car brand, he and Sergio Marchionne made a great show of being good friends, but they weren't fooling anyone....
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Hertz reaches pact with Icahn to replace 3 directors

4:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Hertz Global Holdings reached an agreement in principle with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to appoint three directors to the board of the rental-car company in place of current members....
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Marchionne to become Ferrari chairman as Montezemolo quits

Sept. 10, 2014 08:57 CET
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo will step down as chairman of Ferrari as of Oct. 13 and will be replaced by Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Fiat said....
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Nissan taps BMW's Krueger to head Infiniti

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Nissan has poached BMW veteran Roland Krueger to head its leaderless Infiniti luxury unit, lending a touch of German flair to a brand struggling to break out of the second tier. Krueger, 48, steps into a brand twice stung by recent defections, first by brand President Johan de Nysschen's departure in July, then by the exit of its chairman, Andy Palmer, last week....
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Delphi CEO O'Neal to retire in March; CFO Clark to succeed him

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Delphi Automotive said CEO Rodney O'Neal will retire in March and be succeeded by CFO Kevin Clark. O'Neal, 61, will remain with Delphi as an adviser until the end of 2015, the former General Motors parts unit said in a statement today. Clark, 52, becomes COO on Oct. 1 before taking the top job March 1....
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Hertz CEO Frissora steps down amid shareholder pressure

9:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Hertz CEO Mark Frissora, who took the helm of the rental car giant after a successful stint as head of auto supplier Tenneco, stepped down today after investors pushed for his removal, citing accounting and operational missteps....
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Mazda names new sales chief for Europe

Sept. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda veteran Martijn ten Brink is the automaker's new head of sales in Europe. He takes on the role at a time when the brand is enjoying a resurgence following the launch of new models....
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Renault names new product planning, Russia chiefs

Sept. 2, 2014 11:16 CET
Renault announced top management changes that included naming a new product planning chief and a new boss for the region that includes the key Russian market....
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Nissan exec Palmer leaves to become Aston Martin CEO

Sept. 2, 2014 08:56 CET
Andy Palmer, the car-guy chief planning officer at Nissan, who was once tipped as a possible future CEO, is leaving the company to head UK sports car maker Aston Martin....
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VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said today....
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Lotus hires former Kia Europe exec Lievens

Aug. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Lotus has hired Jean-Charles Lievens, Kia's former European markets expert, to develop the automaker's sales network in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal....
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