GENERAL MOTORS - Ian Coomber, executive director of sales and marketing at Vauxhall Motors Ltd., has taken on extra customer care responsibilities following an internal reorganization at General Motors' UK unit. Coomber, 55, will be responsible for combining sales, marketing, aftersales, fleet and Vauxhall's Network Q used-car sales operation into one customer focused team.
In a further move, David Poole, 41, has been named Vauxhall's director of strategic planning, commercial operations, with particular responsibility for new business initiatives. Poole was formerly reorganization director of aftersales.
VISTEON - Andy Gill has been named director for interior electronics Europe and South America at Visteon Automotive Systems. He was formerly in charge of European driver information and body electric systems.
Based in the Visteon Electronics Center in Basildon, England, Gill's responsibilities will now include all interior electronics in vehicles including telematics, instrumentation, audio systems and body electronics and communications.
BASF - Karl-Friedrich Menne has been named DaimlerChrysler and BMW global account director at Automotive OEM Coatings, a unit of BASF Coatings AG. Menne was head of technical customer service and development, automotive flexible and semi-rigid foam systems, at BASF's polyurethane unit Elastogran GmbH. In his new job, Menne will take worldwide account management and customer service responsibility for DCX and BMW. He succeeds Gerold Mahr, who has been made CEO of BASF Pinturas SA, BASF's coatings unit in Mexico.
WALLENIUS WILHELSEN - Craig Jasienski has been named managing director in the UK for automotive transport and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen. He replaces Martin Reeves, who has retired.
Sweden's Wallenius Lines and Norway's Wilhelmsen Lines merged to form the world's largest vehicle shipping firm in July 1999. Jasienski most recently served in Wallenius Wilhelmsen's Oslo headquarters where he managed the integration of the newly formed company's commercial activities.
DELPHI - Jean Brunol, 47, has been named director of European operations for Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems. Brunol was formerly CEO of Saft, the batteries unit of French telecommunications equipment supplier Alcatel SA. Prior to joining Saft, Brunol was vice president and product division director at Valeo SA. At Delphi, Brunol will be responsible for providing strategic direction and implementing Delphi's steering initiatives throughout Europe.