ROLLS-ROYCE & BENTLEY -Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler has been appointed member of the board, engineering at Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motors Cars, effective September 1. He replaces Ulrich Hackenberg, who will resume his position as division head for body development. Reporting to Chief Executive Tony Gott, Rothenpieler will assist in the development of the new mid-size Bentley. Rothenpieler is currently head of whole vehicle engineering at Skoda, where he helped develop the Octavia and Fabia.
DEBIS - Hubertus von Zastrow (below) has been appointed managing director of Debis Car Fleet Management's European office in Stuttgart. Zastrow, previously managing director of Debis Car Fleet Management UK, will be responsible for the development of contract hire and fleet management business throughout western and eastern Europe. Debis Car Fleet Management, part of DaimlerChrysler Services (Debis) Group, operates a pan-European fleet of nearly 80,000 vehicles of all makes.
OXFORD AUTOMOTIVE - Rochus Gronwald has retired as managing director of Oxford Automotive Gebr. Wackenhut GmbH, Germany. Gerhard Koenig, former vice president of product development services at MSX International, has assumed Gronwald's responsibilities. Koenig spent 17 years in senior positions at Porsche, ranging from program manager to president and CEO of Porsche's engineering subsidiary in Troy, Michigan, USA. Oxford Automotive supplies engineered metal components, assemblies and modules. MSX International of Auburn Hills, Michigan, provides engineering, business and specialized staffing services.
AC CARS - AC Car Group Ltd. has appointed Mike Hall as joint chairman. Hall, 57, recently completed a 30-year career with the Coca-Cola Co. For the past eight years he was president of Coca-Cola (Japan). Hall has been involved with AC, the UK's oldest surviving carmaker, as an investor for several years. Joint Chairman Alan Lubinsky said Hall would lead AC's sales effort and oversee an intensive marketing program to develop and strengthen brand awareness.