FORD - Massimo Ghenzer, 57, has resigned as executive director of Ford Italia to become general manager of the passenger division of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), the Italian state railway. He was the first Ford executive in a single European market to have responsibility for all the company's brands, including Ford, Jaguar, Mazda, Volvo, Hertz and Ford Credit.
OPEL - Gerard Saint-Martin has replaced Alexander Perk as chairman of Opel France. Saint-Martin, 44, was previously in charge of Renault's Asia-Pacific division. Saint-Martin joined Renault in 1989 and has also held various sales and marketing positions in the company.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER - Klaus-Dieter Vohringer, DaimlerChrysler board of management member responsible for research and technology, has taken over responsibility for corporate quality management. Ulrich Walker, the former head of corporate quality management, has joined the new Mitsubishi Motors board.
CHRYSLER JEEP - Steven Landry, 41, has taken charge of the Chrysler and Jeep brands across Europe as president of Chrysler Jeep Automotive SA. Based in Brussels, Canada-born Landry was previously director, product launch and global training at DaimlerChrysler Corp. in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
DAEWOO - Daewoo Motor Co. Design Director Ginger Ostle, based at Daewoo's technical center in Worthing, England, will leave after four-and-a-half years with the company. Before joining Daewoo, Ostle spent more than 10 years at Porsche's development center in Weissach, Germany. Ostle will become executive director of styling consultancy design.net AG in Frankfurt, responsible for the transport division.
NISSAN - Trevor Mann has been promoted to production director at Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. in Sunderland, England. He takes full responsibility for day-to-day activities in all key areas of production at the plant. Mann joined Nissan in Sunderland in 1985.
GKN - Ian Griffiths will succeed Sarkis Kalyandjian as chief executive of GKN plc's Automotive Driveline Division, effective December 1. Griffiths will also join the executive committee of the GKN board. Kalyandjian, 61, previously announced his retirement.
BMW - Jim O'Donnell has been named managing director of BMW (GB) Ltd. O'Donnell, 50, had been sales and marketing director for BMW South Africa. Before moving to South Africa, O'Donnell was dealer development manager, commercial manager and ultimately sales director of BMW (GB)
DURR - Frank Haun has been appointed member of the board of management of Durr AG, Stuttgart. Haun, 41, will assume responsibility for the Automation business unit within the Durr group. He will remain a member of the board at Carl Schenck AG, Darmstadt, which was taken over by Durr with a majority stake in April.