Morton International - George Kirchoff, vice-president and managing director of airbag maker Morton International's European Operations, has been awarded the Automotive Occupant Restraints Council's highest award. The Pathfinder Award is presented to an individual for their outstanding contribution to automotive safety.
CHRYSLER - Chrysler Jeep Imports UK has appointed Susan Leonard as customer care manager, and Robert Sutherland as regional aftersales manager for Scotland. Leonard previously worked for Mazda Cars UK, and Sutherland for Scottish Motor Auctions.
EAGLE-PICHER AUTOMOTIVE - Daniel Hoag has been made controller of Eagle-Picher Automotive's Fluid Systems Division. He joined from accountancy firm C.H. Rubin & Co. The division makes fuel and brake tubing and hose assemblies.
THYSSEN INC. N.A. has appointed William Howenstein as president of TMX, a newly formed business unit for processing and distributing metals and semi-finished plastics in North America. Products include copper, brass, bronze, aluminum sheet and strip, stainless steels and tool steels. He had been chairman of Copper and Brass Sales Inc., which Thyssen acquired on 7 March. Thyssen Inc. N.A. has annual sales of around $2.5 billion. It is a subsidiary of Thyssen AG in Duesseldorf, Germany.
FORD MOTOR CO. - Jeffrey Wellman has been made director of global raw materials purchasing. He replaces Bruce Swift, who is now director of strategic planning and process improvements in the purchasing division. Wellman will oversee all aspects of raw materials procurement. Wellman was vice-president of purchasing for two years at Ford's US joint-venture plant with Mazda Motor Corp., Automotive Alliance. The steel industry has been especially interested in Ford's choice of a successor to Swift. Ford wants to cut the number of steel suppliers it uses by 50 percent.
TWR - TWR's Formula One racing subsidiary, Arrows Grand Prix International, has recruited John Barnard as technical director. He replaces Frank Dernie, who designed the current car, the Arrow-Yamaha A18. Dernie has left the company.