Archive for the ‘Personnel News’ Category

New Renault Mégane and New Renault Mégane Coupé, a New Family with Real Character

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
2008 - Renault Mégane Coupé
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The Mégane Coupé Concept unveiled at the Geneva Show in the spring of 2008 paved the way for the release of a new C-segment model line-up with real character. Today, following the recent introduction of New Mégane in September, it's the turn of New Mégane Coupé to take front stage at the Paris Motor Show. The New Renault Mégane family's designs are the product of a desire to produce an immediately eye-catching car. Its elegant styling takes its inspiration from the passion associated with the automobile, including cues from the world of sport. (more…)

Former Audi/VW design chief to spearhead Kia Motors' global design initiatives

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Seoul — Kia Motors Corporation announced today that it has appointed leading automotive industry designer Peter Schreyer, who designed world renown “cult” cars like the New Beetle and the Audi TT, to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer. Mr. Schreyer's appointment will complement Kia's significantly increasing emphasis on automobile design and support the ongoing regeneration of its model range.

Schreyer (53), who officially begins his new role on September 1, will oversee Kia's domestic and international design functions and will be responsible for implementing the company's design vision in line with its ‘exciting and enabling’ brand values that target a young-at-heart and adventurous target customer base. (more…)

Ford President, COO Jim Padilla To Retire

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Dearborn, MI (NYSE:F) today announced that Jim Padilla will retire as the company's president and chief operating officer, effective July 1, and that his responsibilities will be assumed by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Ford through the chairing of a new Executive Operating Committee composed of the automaker's executive vice presidents. (more…)

American Suzuki Motor Corporation Strengthens Executive Team

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

BREA, CA — American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today announced the additions of Gene Brown and Chuck Halper to its talented executive management team. With more than five decades combined of industry knowledge and experience, Brown and Halper arrive at ASMC at a time of record growth. In 2005, Suzuki sold 82,101 vehicles — the most in company history. This year, ASMC continues its impressive sales growth, selling an all-time monthly best 7,210 and 8,542 vehicles in January and February respectively. (more…)

Roger Johansson Appointed Vice President of GM Powertrain Europe

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

Pontiac, MI — Roger Johansson has been appointed vice president of GM Powertrain Europe.

Johansson, 39, will report to Tom Stephens, group vice president, GM Powertrain and Fritz Henderson, chairman of . The appointment is effective October 1.

“Roger's leadership capability and ability to resolve difficult issues within a matrix management structure is a tremendous asset,” said Stephens. “He has significant experience in purchasing powertrain components, as well as with working with powertrain suppliers.” (more…)