FIAT - Roberto Vedovato will succeed Silvano Valentino as president of Fiat do Brasil, effective 1 May. Vedovato is currently president of Fiat's administrative services subsidiary Gesco. Valentino will retire, but continue as a consultant to Fiat.
SOFRES INTERSEARCH - Layton Dorey has been named vice president of automotive research at the Detroit-based consultancy. He was previously vice president at market research firm NOP Automotive.
MERITOR - Peter Krueger has been promoted to vice president for sales and marketing at Meritor Light Vehicle Systems. He was previously responsible for marketing and business development, and will remain in the company's Frankfurt office. Aziz Aghili has been appointed director of business and market development. Dennis DeVriese has been named Meritor Suspension Systems Co. vice president for sales and marketing.
AMP Global - Nigel Baker has been appointed director of engineering for the automotive division of AMP Global. He was previously responsible for engineering in the European, Middle East and African regions. In his new position he will oversee activities in North and South America and the Asia-Pacific arena.
LOLA - David Bowes has been appointed the new managing director of Lola Cars International. A former Rover man, his appointment comes six months after Martin Birrane took control of the ailing firm. Bowes has been given the task of re-establishing the company as one of the world's leading race car manufacturers and engineering consultancies.
BENTELER - Thomas Palumbo has been named vice president of sales and marketing. He was previously sales director, responsible for activity with Japanese and South Korean automakers. Benteler supplies tubular, stamped and welded components and equipment.
DELPHI - Dale Pilger is the new general director of sales, marketing and planning for Delphi Interior & Lighting Systems. He was previously director of Asia-Pacific operations for Delphi Energy & Management Systems.
DAIMLER-BENZ - Joachim Eberhardt has been named to the newly created position of vice president for marketing at Mercedes-Benz of North America. He will be responsible for all car and light truck marketing, service and retail development in North America. Eberhardt worked at the North American subsidiary from 1988-96. Since then he has been in Stuttgart responsible for worldwide product marketing.
LEAR - Paul Jefferson has been named European counsel, responsible for all Lear's legal operations in Europe. He held a similar post at Tenneco.
WABCO - Craig Kissel, 46, has been appointed business leader of Wabco Automotive Products Sector, based in Brussels. He was previously vice president of Wabco's Trane air conditioning subsidiary.