NISSAN - Giuliano Musumeci Greco, 50, will become president of Nissan Italia SpA, on 1 July. Musumeci Greco had been managing director. Previously, he worked at Ford Italia. The current president, Shigemistu Oka, is returning to Japan to head the world market strategy committee of Nissan Motor Co.
AC CARS - Jan-Erik Jansson, 53, is the new general manager at AC Cars, the UK sports carmaker. Jansson is a former vice-president of engineering and design at Bitter in Germany, and a former Volvo plant manager. His first job is to launch the new AC Ace model at the London Motor Show in October.
LEAR - Lear Corp. has named Ray Bomya, Steve Hayworth and Mark Poulsen as vice-presidents of the company's Ford Division. Bomya will be responsible for the business unit which includes Jaguar programs and larger US cars. Hayworth will be responsible for small and medium cars, including the Escort and Mondeo. Poulsen will be responsible for trucks. All are based in the US.
SONAUTO - Nicolas Leutwiler has resigned as chairman of Sonauto, the French importer for Porsche, Hyundai and Mitsubishi, after just one year with the company. Thomas Daubek, 32, in charge of relations with Porsche Holding, has been appointed general manager until a successor is hired.
NISSAN - Herve de Villeplee has been appointed chairman and CEO of Nissan France, beginning 1 July. He replaces Yozo Fujii who returns to Japan. In 1959, Villeplee joined Richard SA, once Nissan's importer in France. Since 1992, when Nissan took control of Richard, he has been general manager of Nissan France.
KIA -Hiroaki Shinomura, 47, has been named chairman of Kia Automobiles France, a new subsidiary of Japanese group Itochu. Kia was previously imported into France by Inchcape. Shinomura will be assisted by Patrice Richard, sales and marketing manager, Thierry Gautier, administration manager, and Jean-Luc Micheneau, in charge of aftersales and spare parts.
SENIOR ENGINEERING GROUP - Bill Kowal, 46, divisional director of subsidiary Flexonics North America, has been appointed to the Senior Engineering board. He will be joined in July by Glenn Timms, 36, who joins the group as director of corporate development. Timms is currently head of corporate finance at Guinness plc.
VAUXHALL MOTORS LTD. - Anthony Burnip, director for reliability, supply and manufacturing liaison, will retire at the end of June. Burnip joined Vauxhall in 1954 as an apprentice. He was promoted to plant manager of Ellesmere Port in 1980. He managed GM's Zaragoza, Spain, plant for four years, before taking up his current position in 1990.
MECA - Jacques Lemaire, a leading researcher at Rhone Poulenc, has been elected chairman of the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association. The trade association MECA compiles information on air pollution control technologies. Jacques Lemaire is a specialist in catalysis.