NISSAN - Nissan Europe has formed a new communications group in Amsterdam to coordinate public relations, government relations, national sales company issues, and employee and supplier communications. Daniel Ward, director of corporate affairs at Nissan Motor (GB), was named director of the group, Communications Nissan Europe NV. Ward will also retain his current role in the UK
Meanwhile, Hitoshi Kawaguchi, 46, has become chairman and chief executive of Nissan France. He replaces Herve de Villeplee, 61. Villeplee had been involved with Nissan's French operations since 1971, when the company first started importing cars into the country. He had been Nissan France chairman since 1997.
Stephane Farhi contributed
DAIMLERCHRYSLER - Rainer Jahn, former president of Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., has been appointed president of the newly formed DaimlerChrysler Japan Ltd. Robert Bowen, former president of Chrysler Japan Sales Ltd., is vice president of the new organization. Senior Vice President Alexander Paufler, who is in charge of finance, personnel, administration and other areas, also comes from Mercedes.
Last year, about 42,300 Mercedes vehicles were sold in Japan, compared with about 8,300 Chrysler vehicles. Although the two entities have merged, retail sales and service will continue to be handled by the two separate dealer networks.
HYUNDAI - Jean-Claude Debard, 46, director of special sales at Fiat Auto France, has been appointed chairman of Automobiles Hyundai France (formerly Sonauto Coree Automobile).
RMI - David Evans has been appointed chief executive of the UK's Retail Motor Industry Federation Ltd. after holding the post of acting chief executive. Evans joined the organization, then known as the Major Agents' Association, in 1976. He also holds the positions of international affairs director, legal director and company secretary.
CITROEN - Magda Salarich, 43, previously in charge of Citroen's European marketing, has replaced Yves Jouchoux as vice president for European sales. Salarich has also been appointed general manager of Citroen Spain. She replaces Francois Cusey, who has retired.
RENAULT - Eric Bernard, 41, has replaced Patrice Clipez as vice president for advertising at Renault. Clipez has left the company. Bernard was previously head of marketing with Renault Spain. He will report to marketing vice president Thierry Dombreval.
SHALIBANE - Fuel-rail and brake-pipe supplier Shalibane plc has appointed Jeff Armiger, 47, managing director of its Coventry, England, operation. Armiger was previously managing director of thermoplastic tube and hose company Eagle Picher Fluid Systems Ltd. He will report to Shalibane Chairman and Chief Executive John Halsall.
DAIHATSU - Daihatsu has appointed Franc Gamerini to the new post of UK marketing director, effective 1 August. He is presently product marketing manager at Chrysler UK, with responsibility for Internet and database development. Responsibility for Daihatsu's UK marketing was split between promotions manager Jane Clifford and communications manager Fiona Smith. Both will now report to Gamerini, who will in turn report to Daihatsu's UK managing director David Green.