RICARDO - UK engineering consultancy Ricardo plc has named Detlev Baudach as managing director of its German subsidiary, Ricardo GmbH. Baudach will be based at the company's Southern German Technical Center in Stuttgart
Initially trained as a mechanical engineer at Aachen University, Baudach joins Ricardo from previous board-level engineering and marketing posts at automotive component suppliers T&N and more recently Vorwerk & Sohn.
BMW - BMW has appointed Arturo Pineiro Abgariani as marketing manager of its Spanish unit, BMW Iberica. Abgariani has previously worked at Auto Industrial Alicante and Peugeot Talbot Espana.
OXFORD AUTOMOTIVE - Noel Ancian has been appointed president of Oxford Automotive Europe in Paris. He was chief executive of the manufacturing and retailing company Groupe Lapeyre. Oxford Automotive Inc. of Troy, Michigan, USA, supplies engineered metal components, assemblies and modules.
PORSCHE - Philip Davis has joined Porsche Cars North America Inc. as general manager of Information Technology and chief information officer. Davis was formerly a systems consultant primarily working with Lincoln Electric Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
TEXTRON - Jake Hirsch has been named chairman, president and CEO of Textron Fastening Systems. He was president and CEO of Kautex Textron in Bonn, Germany.
Textron Fastening Systems is a unit of Texton Inc. of the USA. Textron Fastening Systems, of Troy, Michigan, USA, supplies engineered fasteners and assemblies, and inventory management services.
COLLINS & AIKMAN - Elmar David has been named European acoustics manager for Collins & Aikman Corp. He was a noise and vibrations researcher for Behr GmbH, the German maker of heat exchangers.
Collins & Aikman of Troy, Michigan, USA, supplies automotive fabric, interior trim and convertible top systems.
VAUXHALL - Vauxhall marketing operations director Andy Jones, who oversees the car company's 84 million (E138.7 million) advertising budget, has moved to a new job at sister company OnStar.
Jones will head the UK launch of OnStar, the satellite vehicle communications company owned by Vauxhall parent General Motors.