COSWORTH - Dick Scammell, who retired as Cosworth's director of racing in 1996, has been brought out of retirement by Ford Motor Co. to become managing director of Cosworth Racing. Ford bought the racing engine specialist from Volkswagen AG last summer. Scammell, 60, formerly managed Lotus' racing program.
FORD - John McTague, Ford Motor Co.'s chief scientist will retire on 31 December. McTague, 59, vice president of technical affairs, worked for Ford for 12 years. He was previously science adviser to US President Ronald Reagan. McTague was an early advocate of joint research on electric vehicles among Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
RECARO - Bodo Heise, 59, has been appointed managing director of car seat manufacturing at Recaro GmbH & Co. Heise was previously managing director of AutoEuropa, the joint manufacturing venture between Ford and Volkswagen in Palmela, Portugal. Heise replaces Klaus Fricke, who left the company during the summer.
ROVER - Tony Rose, 58, has been appointed to the new position of deputy chairman, with responsibiltiy for government relations. Christian John von Freyend, currently BMW's Munich-based company controller, will assume Rose's position as Rover's finance and strategy director.
TATA - Telco, Tata's truck and carmaking subsidiary, has recruited Chrysler Corp. executive Joseph Piglacio to head its small-car program. Piglacio will be in charge of production, supplier development and quality control for the as-yet-unnamed small car that Telco unveiled at Geneva auto show in March.
AUDI - Skoda UK chief exec cutive Dermot Kelly, 45, has been named head of sister company Audi UK, effective 1 January. He replaces Len Hunt, who has moved to Audi of America. Kelly's post at Skoda will be taken by Rob Tracey, 47, who was formerly finance director at Skoda UK, and head of dealer operations at Seat.