BRIDGESTONE - Masakazu Sekiguchi has been appointed vice president of Bridgestone/Firestone Poland, based in Poznan. He has worked for Bridgestone for 17 years, most recently in Brussels, where he oversaw the creation of a manufacturing join venture between Bridgestone and Polish tire make Stomil Poznan.
HENKEL - Janusz Kowalinski, 48, and Maciej Dyja, 37, have joined the board of Henkel Teroson Automotive Polska, a joint venture between German chemicals company Henkel and Daewoo-FSO subsidiary Intercol Polen.
ROVER - Francis Houiller, 41, has been named managing director of Rover France's aftersales operations and joins the company's board. He was previously aftersales director.
TEXTRON - Herbert Henkel, 50, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer. Textron operations cover automotive supply, aerospace and financial services.
The group has nearly 10,000 employees in Europe. Henkel, previously president of Textron's Industrial Product segment, will be based in the USA.
FORD - Ken Whipple, executive vice president of Ford, president of Ford Financial Services and chairman and chief executive officer of Ford Credit, will retire at the end of 1998. Philippe Paillart has already taken over as chairman and CEO at Ford Credit.
WOODBRIDGE FOAM CORP. - Hugh Sloan, president of the automotive group, has been promoted to deputy chairman. Bob Magee, president for manufacturing, has become group president. Woodbridge is the largest independent global supplier of polyurethane foam products for the automotive interiors market.
SERK - Peter Drewitt, 41, has been appointed general sales manager of Serk Heat Transfer, the specialist engineering group based in Birmingham, UK. The group was formed a year ago by an institutional buy-out from parent BTR.
TOYOTA - Lynda Shewan, one of Toyota (GB)'s longest serving workers, is retiring after 18 years as press fleet administrator.
SAE - Charles Franklin has been appointed manager of corporate public relations at the US Society of Automotive Engineers. Franklin was formerly senior public affairs consultant at the US State Department.
VOLVO - Claes Malmros, senior vice president of AB Volvo, has been appointed executive vice president of aviation services company The Ages Group, based in Florida, USA. Volvo Acro Corp. has a 57 percent stake in The Ages Group.
LEAR - Albert Billis has been appointed senior vice president and COO of Lear Corporation. Billis will oversee the integration of the Delphi seating business into Lear. He joined Lear on 1 July after 35 years at GM.
BOSAL - Karl Van Bael has been appointed group manufacturing operations director of global exhaust systems manufacturer Bosal. He was formerly vice-president of Monroe Europe when it merged into Tenneco Automotive Europe.