DETROIT - It has been J.T. Battenberg III's mission to forge 'Team Delphi' from the collection of former General Motors units that is Delphi Automotive Systems Corp.
The chairman, chief executive and president of the world's largest automotive supplier has taken another step toward that goal by restructuring his senior management team. Battenberg wants more collaboration among Delphi's core business units and greater responsiveness to customer and market demands.
Five current officers become corporate executive vice presidents in the reorganization. The promotions put in place a line of possible successors to Battenberg, 56.
The appointments were effective January 1 and include:
Rodney O'Neal, 46, to president of the safety, thermal and electrical architecture sector and corporate executive vice president. O'Neal will also be Delphi's 'customer champion' in its relationship with Ford Motor Co. James Bertrand, 42, succeeds O'Neal as president of Delphi Interior Systems. Bertrand was vice president in charge of operations and GM customer champion.
Don Runkle, 54, to president of the dynamics and propulsion sector and corporate executive vice president. Runkle will retain his role as customer champion for Daimler-Chrysler. Runkle had been president of Delphi Energy and Engine Management Systems, which has been integrated with Delphi Chassis Systems. Guy Hachey, 44, is the newly appointed president of the combined entity, now named Delphi Energy and Chassis Systems.
David Wohleen, 49, to president of the electronics and mobile communications sector. Wohleen will continue to be president of Delphi Delco Electronics Systems. He becomes customer champion for GM and GM Service Parts Operations.
Alan Dawes, 45, to executive vice president and chief financial officer. Dawes had been vice president and chief financial officer. In his new role, he adds responsibility for mergers and acquisitions and information systems worldwide.
Mark Weber, 51, to executive vice president of operations, production control and logistics, human resource management and corporate affairs. Weber had been vice president of human resources. He is succeeded by Kevin Butler, 44, who was general director of human resources at Delphi Delco Electronics Systems.