RENAULT - Another 12 senior Renault executives are moving from France to Japan to help with Renault's restructuring of Nissan. They include:
Philippe Klein, who becomes Nissan vice president and chief of a new office designed to support all Nissan's decision-making bodies.
Bernard Long, who becomes vice president with particular responsibility for international human resources.
Bernard Rey, new vice president with responsibility for purchasing strategy.
Claude Contet, general manager and assistant to product and planning chief Patrick Pelata.
The 12 managers will join chief operating officer Carlos Ghosn and other director-level executives who moved to Tokyo after Renault bought a controlling stake in Nissan earlier this year.
VW - Volkswagen Group UK Ltd. managing director Richard Ide will retire at age 61. He will leave the company at the end of the year. The current head of Volkswagen UK, 52-year-old Robin Woolcock, will replace Ide. Woolcock joined the group 10 years ago as head of commercial vehicle operations. He will continue to be responsible for Volkswagen UK until a successor is named.
SAAB - Jonathan Nash, 39, has been promoted from sales and marketing director to managing director of Saab Great Britain Ltd. He replaces Will Edwyn-Jones, 49, who is leaving to pursue a career outside the motor industry. Nash joined Saab GB in 1989 and has held various key sales and marketing positions at the company's headquarters in Marlow, England.
GKN - GKN Sinter Metals has made two key appointments with the promotions of Gabriel Klement to IT manager (Europe) and Rainer Hoffart to IT operations manager (Europe). Both will be responsible for managing the company's information technology operations in Europe, South Africa and Argentina. Klement, 37, joined GKN 10 years ago from Siemens. He has spent the last two years leading GKN's Global Year 2000 project. Hoffart, 40, was formerly based at GKN's plant in Bad Breueckenau, Germany. He will report directly to Klement in his new role.
TWR - Craig Wilson, 35, has been appointed managing director of TWR Engineering - a new position within the TWR Group. Wilson joined the Witney, England-based company in 1988. He worked for Jaguarsport on the XJR and XJR15 projects, and later on the Aston Martin DB7. Wilson was most recently project director for the Volvo C70.
MITSUBISHI - Paul Williams, the former managing director of Daihatsu (UK) Ltd., has been made director of sales and marketing at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. Williams has 17 years' experience in the UK motor industry, and has previously worked for Peugeot-Talbot, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz.
MERCEDES-BENZ - Joachim Eberhardt has been appointed managing director of Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd. He replaces Paul Halata, who - as previously announced - is to replace Michael Jackson as president and chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA. Eberhardt is currently vice president of marketing at Mercedes Benz USA. Mercedes-Benz UK is to be renamed DaimlerChrysler UK from January 1, 2000.