AUDI - Audi AG has appointed Ralf J. Berckhan to the new position of head of central marketing and brand management. Berckhan, 37, will report to Georg Flandorfer, Audi board member for sales and marketing. The appointment is effective from 1 January, 1999. Berckhan was formerly in charge of central marketing at Seat SA in Barcelona.
AUTOLIV - Lars Westerberg will become the new president and chief executive officer of automotive safety systems specialist Autoliv Inc. in spring 1999. The present chairman and chief executive, Gunnar Bark, will remain chairman of Autoliv's board and work part-time on strategic issues. Westerberg is currently president and chief executive of Swedish-based aluminum and plastics company Granges AB, which targets 40 percent of its sales at the automotive industry.
MAYFLOWER - UK-based Mayflower Corp. has restructured its management team following a series of acquisitions which have increased turnover by 60 percent.
Since July, Mayflower has bought Metrotrans, the leading shuttle bus manufacturer in the USA; the Roth Technik stamping company in Germany; and specialist vehicle manufacturer Dennis in the UK. Group Director John Fleming has returned to the UK from the USA to lead the integration and development of the newly acquired companies. He will be supported by Tony Sheehan, previously managing director of Mayflower Vehicle Systems, who will work on European Business Development. Gordon Boyd, deputy managing director of Mayflower Vehicle Systems, will succeed Sheehan as managing director.
NISSAN - Daniel Young has been named President of Nissan Motors Espana, the top Nissan post in Spain. He was previously managing director. Young has also been made a board member of Nissan Europe NV. This is the first time Nissan has appointed a president of a national sales company to the board of the brand's European headquarters.
OPEL - Massimo Berni, previously Opel Italia managing director, has become Opel's executive director for sales, marketing and aftersales for southern Europe. He is responsible for Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. Sandro Malatto, Opel Italia sales director since 1993, takes Berni's former position.
UNIPRES - Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK's production control director, Terry Hogg, has been appointed joint managing director at Unipres (UK), a major supplier to Nissan of heavy metal pressings and assemblies. Hogg joined NMUK in 1987, the first full year of production. He was responsible for logistics, material supply and overall production scheduling at the plant in Sunderland.
VOLVO - Stefan Johnsson has been appointed to the Volvo Group Executive Committee, responsible for strategic matters and business development. He takes over from Claes Malmros, who becomes executive vice president of Ages, an American subsidiary of Volvo Aero Corp. Johnsson, 39, has served as president of Volvo's internal bank, Volvo Group Finance, based in Gothenberg, Sweden, since 1994. He has been employed within the Volvo Group since 1987.