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Lotus Appoints New CEO Lotus Appoints New CEO

Dany T. Bahar has been appointed as the new CEO of Group Lotus effective 1st October 2009, replacing Michael J. Kimberley, who retired in July. Prior to this appointment, Dany Bahar was Senior Vice President, Commercial & Brand for Ferrari SpA where he was responsible for worldwide road car sales and after sales business, overall road car and F1 marketing activities, licensing, and merchandising business.

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Hyundai’s New CEO Mr. Lee Takes Over from Mr. Yeo Hyundai’s New CEO Mr. Lee Takes Over from Mr. Yeo

Hyundai Motor Company Australia has announced that Mr. Edward Lee will take over as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately, succeeding Mr. Steve Yeo, who has been reassigned to a senior position at Hyundai Motor Company’s Seoul headquarters. Mr. Lee headed Hyundai Automotive Group’s Corporate Audit Group and during his career he has worked extensively within a number of overseas operations. There will be no transition period as both Mr. Lee’s and Mr. Yeo’s new positions take effect...

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Laurens van den Acker, Vice President of Renault Corporate Design Laurens van den Acker, Vice President of Renault Corporate Design

After 22 years with Renault, Patrick le Quément, Senior Vice President of Renault Corporate Design, member of the Renault Management Committee, will leave the company on October 30. In September, Laurens van den Acker will be appointed Vice President of Renault Corporate Design and replace Patrick le Quément. He will report to Patrick Pélata, Chief Operating Officer.

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Hyundai America Technical Center Names Phillip Zak Chief Designer Hyundai America Technical Center Names Phillip Zak Chief Designer

Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) announced that Phillip Zak has been named chief designer of the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif. Zak will be responsible for new vehicle and concept design for Hyundai. "Phillip's strong experience in working across multiple regions and his leadership role on advanced projects was exactly what we were looking for," said C.K. Park, president, HATCI. "We are thrilled to have Phillip Zak as chief designer for Hyundai and...

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Ikuo Maeda to Head Up Mazda Global Design Team Ikuo Maeda to Head Up Mazda Global Design Team

Ikuo Maeda has been appointed General Manager of Mazda Motor Corporation’s Design Division, effective April 1, 2009. He will lead a global design team, responsible for the overall design and styling of all Mazda global products. He will be based at the company’s world headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. He replaces Laurens van den Acker, who has decided to leave Mazda to pursue other interests. Van den Acker will remain at Mazda until April 10 to ensure a smooth transition. Prior to...

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Peter Horbury New Head of Design at Volvo Car Corportation Peter Horbury New Head of Design at Volvo Car Corportation

Volvo Car Corporation has appointed Peter Horbury as new Vice President of Design. He replaces Steve Mattin, who has elected to leave the company. Effective May 1, Peter Horbury, will assume responsibility for the division of Product Design within Volvo Cars. He will lead the next stage of the development of Volvo Cars' design language. Horbury is currently Executive Director of Design, Ford Motor Company, responsible for the design strategy and execution of all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury...

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Obama Requests GM CEO Rick Wagoner to Resign Obama Requests GM CEO Rick Wagoner to Resign

GM Message from Rick Wagoner: On Friday I was in Washington for a meeting with Administration officials. In the course of that meeting, they requested that I "step aside" as CEO of GM, and so I have. Fritz Henderson is an excellent choice to be the next CEO of GM. Having worked closely with Fritz for many years, I know that he is the ideal person to lead the company through the completion of our restructuring efforts. His knowledge of the global industry and the company are...

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Honda Announces New President & CEO Honda Announces New President & CEO

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Honda Motor) today announced that Takanobu Ito, currently the company's Senior Managing Director, will become the seventh President & Chief Executive Officer of Honda Motor effective in late June 2009. Takeo Fukui, the current President & CEO, will remain on the board and assume the post of Director and Advisor to Honda Motor. This management succession will occur following the final decision of the Honda Motor Board of Directors after the company's annual...

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Bob Lutz Moves to Senior Advisor Role, Retire at End of 2009 Bob Lutz Moves to Senior Advisor Role, Retire at End of 2009

GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner today announced that Robert A. Lutz, GM Vice Chairman - Global Product Development, will transition to a new role effective April 1, 2009 as Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor. Lutz, 76, will provide strategic input into GM's global design and key product initiatives until his retirement at the end of 2009. He will continue to report to Wagoner. Wagoner also announced that effective April 1, 2009 the GM Board of Directors elected Thomas G. Stephens, Vice...

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Bangle Quits BMW Bangle Quits BMW

Christopher E. Bangle, the BMW Group's Head of Design, has worked closely with Adrian van Hooydonk in BMW Group design development for nearly17 years. Now he is handing over his post to van Hooydonk, who is currently Head of BMW Automobile Design. "Christopher Bangle has had a lasting impact on the identity of BMW Group's brands. His contribution to the company's success has been decisive, and together with his teams he has mapped out a clear and aesthetic route into the future," said...

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BMW Group Australia Appoints New Managing Director BMW Group Australia Appoints New Managing Director

Australian-born Stavros Yallouridis has been appointed to the position of Managing Director of BMW Group Australia, effective March 1, 2009. He will take over from Guenther Seemann who will become the regional director for the sales region Asia, Pacific and South Africa. Yallouridis, 48, is currently Managing Director of BMW Group Hellas, a post he has held since August 2003 when BMW Group established a national sales company in Greece.

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New AU Ford Boss Announced - (Australia) New AU Ford Boss Announced - (Australia)

Following on from last months shock resignation of Ford Australia’s President and CEO Bill Osborne, who has decided to take up a role outside of the auto industry, comes the announcement that his replacement has been found.

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Ford President Bill Osborne Resigns - (Australia) Ford President Bill Osborne Resigns - (Australia)

John Parker, Ford Motor Company Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific and Africa, today announced that Ford Australia President Bill Osborne has elected to leave the company, effective September. Osborne will relocate back to North America to take up a position outside the automotive industry. His replacement will be announced in due course.

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Chrysler LLC Announces Executive Retirement - (Global) Chrysler LLC Announces Executive Retirement - (Global)

Chrysler LLC today announced that Trevor M. Creed, Senior Vice President - Design has stated his intention to retire August 31, 2008. The company also announced two executive appointments.

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John Conomos AO To Step Down From Toyota - (Australia) John Conomos AO To Step Down From Toyota - (Australia)

Toyota Australia has announced that John Conomos AO will step down from his position of Chairman Emeritus and Principal Policy Advisor on 30 June this year.

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Aston Martin appoints new Vice President and General Manager of Aston Martin North America - (USA) Aston Martin appoints new Vice President and General Manager of Aston Martin North America - (USA)

Aston Martin today announces that it has appointed Julian Jenkins as Vice President and General Manager of Aston Martin North America based at the company’s regional headquarters in Irvine, California.

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Hyundai Appoints Aravanis as New After Sales Director - (Australia) Hyundai Appoints Aravanis as New After Sales Director - (Australia)

Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Aravanis as Director of After Sales.

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FPV Appoints New Sales Operation Manager - (Australia) FPV Appoints New Sales Operation Manager - (Australia)

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has today announced the appointment of Anthony Botta to the newly created role of Sales Operation Manager.

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Mitsubishi Appoints Vice President – Marketing and Brand Management - (Australia) Mitsubishi Appoints Vice President – Marketing and Brand Management - (Australia)

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) announced today the appointment of Paul Unerkov to the position of Vice President – Marketing and Brand Management.

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Tom Purves appointed CEO - 22 April 2008 - (Global) Tom Purves appointed CEO - 22 April 2008 - (Global)

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today announced that Tom Purves will join the company as its Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his new position in July, following the recent appointment of Ian Robertson to the BMW AG Board of Management. Robertson will remain Chairman of Rolls-Royce.

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Statement from Ford Australia Re Passing of Geoff Polites Statement from Ford Australia Re Passing of Geoff Polites

The untimely passing of Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover and former Ford Australia President Geoff Polites over the weekend has robbed his family, friends and colleagues of a dedicated, focused and determined man who was an inspiration to everyone he met.

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Geoff Polites, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, Dies Geoff Polites, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, Dies

Geoff Polites, chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover, has died peacefully in his home country of Australia. He was 60.

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Mercedes Head of Design Professor Peter Pfeiffer to Retire in Mid-2008 Mercedes Head of Design Professor Peter Pfeiffer to Retire in Mid-2008

After forty years of service with the company, chief Mercedes designer, Professor Peter Pfeiffer, will retire in 2008 at the age of 65. He headed the globally active design division of Mercedes-Benz since April 1999. In this capacity, he was responsible for designing the passenger cars and commercial vehicles of the Stuttgart automotive brand. Pfeiffer will be succeeded by Gorden Wagener (39), who currently heads the Strategic Advanced Design department and as such acts as the director of the...

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Ferrari Shareholders' Meeting: The Record 2007 Balance Sheet Approved and Mandates to all Directors Renewed for the Following 3 Years - (Global) Ferrari Shareholders' Meeting: The Record 2007 Balance Sheet Approved and Mandates to all Directors...

The Ferrari shareholders’ Meeting was held today chaired by the President Luca di Montezemolo. The Assembly approved the balance sheet and the management report which underlined the excellent results achieved by the Prancing Horse company in 2007, a year of great financial and sporting results.

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Nissan Australia Appoints Dan Thompson Managing Director and CEO Nissan Australia Appoints Dan Thompson Managing Director and CEO

Nissan Motor Company (Australia) Pty Ltd has announced it will appoint Dan Thompson to the role of Managing Director & CEO, replacing Shinya Hannya, effective April 1st.

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Roberston joins BMW AG Board - (Global) Roberston joins BMW AG Board - (Global)

Rolls-Royce Chairman and Chief Executive, Ian Robertson (49), will become a member of the BMW AG Board of Management with immediate effect. He replaces Stefan Krause as the member in charge of sales and marketing.

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Local Toyota Designers have Global Impact Local Toyota Designers have Global Impact

Designers and engineers at Toyota Australia are working on global and regional projects as well as future models for Australia, a company executive told a conference in Melbourne today. Toyota Australia's design chief Paul Beranger said the growing Australian influence was due to the expertise and talent in the local industry. Mr Beranger told the Design Ready seminar, part of Australian Automotive Week, that other significant factors were Toyota's global business development and strong...

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Mercedes-Benz Announce New General Manager – National Sales Mercedes-Benz Announce New General Manager – National Sales

The Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd, Horst von Sanden has today announced the appointment of Mr. Sam Curtis as General Manager- National Sales.

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Joel Piaskowski – Hyundai Chief Designer - BIOGRAPHY Joel Piaskowski – Hyundai Chief Designer - BIOGRAPHY

Joel Piaskowski, Hyundai’s Chief Designer at the North American design studios in Irvine, California is in Australia for the first time to showcase the highly anticipated Hyundai Genesis Coupé at the Melbourne International Motor Show.

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New Sales Director for Renault Australia New Sales Director for Renault Australia

Mark Hawkins has been appointed to the newly-created role of Renault Australia Sales Director.

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Rolls-Royce Appoints New Head Of Marketing Rolls-Royce Appoints New Head Of Marketing

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today announced that Graham Lenden (41) will join the company as the new Head of Marketing.

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Bill Osborne Named President of Ford Australia Bill Osborne Named President of Ford Australia

John Parker, Ford Motor Company Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific and Africa, today announced that William (Bill) H. Osborne has been named President of Ford Australia, effective February 1 2008. He replaces Tom Gorman who has led Ford Australia since March 1 2004.

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GM Announces Management Moves GM Announces Management Moves

Mark Reuss succeeds Chris Gubbey as new Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden. Mark L. Reuss (44), Executive Director of Global Vehicle Systems and Integration, has been named GMAP Vice President, and Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden. He takes up his new position on 1 February 2008. Reuss will replace Chris Gubbey, who has been appointed GME Vice President and Managing Director, GM Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Gubbey has been Chairman and Managing...

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Proton Appoints New GM - Sales And Operations Proton Appoints New GM - Sales And Operations

Proton Cars has announced the appointment of Billy Falconer to the role of general manager - sales and operations, effective immediately.

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Kia Motors Australia Appoints Chief Operating Officer - (Australia) Kia Motors Australia Appoints Chief Operating Officer - (Australia)

Kia Motors has announced the appointment of Mr Peter Nochar to the position of Chief Operating Officer for the company's Australian operations.

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Proton Cars National Sales Manager Resigns Proton Cars National Sales Manager Resigns

Proton Cars Australia has announced the resignation of its national sales manager, Chris Locantro, who has stepped down due to personal reasons.

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Royal College Of Art Honours Kia Design Chief, Peter Schreyer - (UK) Royal College Of Art Honours Kia Design Chief, Peter Schreyer - (UK)

Kia Motors Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, has become only the third automotive designer to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the United Kingdom in recognition of his contribution to automotive design.

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Jaguar Land Rover Australia / NZ - Restructure - (Australia) Jaguar Land Rover Australia / NZ - Restructure - (Australia)

David Blackhall, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Australia/New Zealand made the following announcements at 10:00 today

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Kia Motors Australia appoints new President and CEO - (Australia) Kia Motors Australia appoints new President and CEO - (Australia)

Kia Motors Australia has announced the appointment of Mr SK Lee as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Jaguar Cars Announces New Global Marketing Director - (Global) Jaguar Cars Announces New Global Marketing Director - (Global)

Jaguar Cars today announces that Connell (CJ) O'Donnell has been appointed to the role of Global Marketing Director. He succeeds Stephen Perrin who retired from the position at the end of last year.

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