BMW - Supervisory Board Chairman Eberhard von Kuenheim has confirmed that he will step down following the May 1999 annual general meeting. The company has an age limit of 70 for this office, and von Kuenheim will celebrate his 70th birthday in October. A successor has yet to be named.
RENAULT - Philippe Ventre, 64, has been appointed president of UTAC, the French automotive test laboratory. Ventre has been head of Renault's engineering division since 1994. His successor has not yet been appointed.
Pierre Beuzit has succeeded Jean-Jacques Payan as head of the advanced research department. Beuzit, 56, was previously the project manager for the new Clio program.
HELLA - Viktor Kuhne, 41, has been named head of the automobile lighting division at Hella KG Hueck & Co. in Lippstadt, Germany. Kuhne was previously managing director of Knorr-Bremse Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH in Munich, responsible for the wheel brake business unit. He was also head of sales and information systems.
TOYOTA - Florian Kaufmann, 36, has been appointed general manager for distribution in Germany.
Kaufmann previously worked for Fiat Auto in Turin, where he was responsible for the strategic development of Fiat Group's dealer network.
MANN + HUMMEL - Manfred Wolf has been appointed to the board of component supplier Mann + Hummel. Wolf will share management responsibility for the automotive business with Gerhard Brenner. Before joining Mann + Hummel, Wolf was at Robert Bosch GmbH.
BRIDGESTONE - Tsuginori Oshima, 52, has been appointed president of Bridgestone/Firestone Poland, Bridgestone's joint venture with domestic tire producer Stomil Poznan. Oshima has worked for Bridgestone since 1967, and was previously manufacturing services director at Bridgestone's technical center in Rome.