Mark Reuss, who was named company president in January 2019, expands his role and will oversee the company’s regions: North America, South America, China and International. He continues to report to Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.
“Our industry is transforming faster than at any time in its history,” said Barra. “Aligning our regional operations under Mark will drive even greater collaboration and speed-to-market, and accelerate growth opportunities in our core business and in the future of mobility.”
Doug Parks, vice president of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs, is promoted to the role of executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. He will report to Reuss and join the company’s Senior Leadership Team.
Parks has been in his current position since 2016. Previously, he had been vice president for global product programs. He has held a variety of engineering leadership positions since joining General Motors in 1984.
Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain (pictured), is named senior vice president and president, GM South America and International Operations, reporting to Reuss. Carlos Zarlenga, president and managing director, GM South America, and Julian Blissett, senior vice president, International Operations, will report to Kiefer.
Also reporting to Reuss are:
"I am thrilled to be able to hand over the keys to our Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply chain team to someone as talented and dedicated as Doug, who has been instrumental in leading the development of our electric and autonomous vehicle programs," Reuss said. "He has an outstanding team in place that will keep this company moving forward."
According to Parks, “I am honoured to lead our Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain team, and look forward to continuing the momentum already established by Mark and our exceptional lineup of vehicles.”
New appointments reporting to Parks:
In addition, Nissan has announced changes at the corporate officer level.
Representative executive officer/executive officer titles and areas of responsibility
There will be no changes to the titles or responsibilities of Hideyuki Sakamoto, Asako Hoshino and Kunio Nakaguro.
In addition to the appointments outlined above:
- Yasuhiro Yamauchi will transition from his role as representative executive officer, acting president, CEO and COO.
He will remain a director of the company.
- Executive Officer and CFO Hiroshi Karube will leave his position.
- Executive Officer and EVP Hitoshi Kawaguchi will leave his position.
- Executive Officer and CPLO Philippe Klein will leave his position.
Corporate officer titles and areas of responsibility
In this role, effective from November 1st, Thomas Hilse will take on global product management, sales, marketing and network development responsibility for the IVECO Brand, tasked with building on the brand’s position and expanding its presence in the world markets. He will be based in Turin, Italy.
Gerrit Marx, President Commercial and Specialty Vehicles, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Thomas into our organisation. He joins us at a momentous time in our history, when we have just launched our new Daily light commercial vehicle range and the IVECO Way range with the new IVECO S-WAY heavy-duty truck, and introduced significant advances in digitalisation and servitisation in our offering. Thomas brings a very strong track record in the commercial vehicles business and vast international management experience, which will be valuable in steering the future success of the IVECO brand around the world.”
Thomas Hilse brings a very strong track record with 22 years of experience gained in the Truck, Bus & Commercial Vehicles Industry through various international management positions for different brands in Europe, NAFTA, Latin America and South-East Asia. His roles have covered all aspects of the business, from Sales and Business Development, to Customer Service and Product Planning, reaching the position of CEO. He studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, and holds an M.A. in International Relations.
Cole has served as KMA's chief operating officer and executive vice president since joining the company from Kia Motors Europe in May 2018.
At KMA, Cole has played a vital role in the successful launch of several all-new and refreshed models, including the Telluride SUV, as well as the rollout of Kia's 'Give It Everything' brand philosophy. In his new role, Cole will lead KMA's business operations and report to Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia Motors North America.
Michael Cole has helped reintroduce the Kia brand in the US and Kia has outperformed the industry through the first three quarters of 2019. Under his guidance, Kia will continue to raise awareness and grow sales and market share in the United States, said Yoon, who oversees regional operations in North America, including US, Canada and Mexico sales as well as manufacturing in the US and Mexico.
Cole joined KMA with a wealth of Kia-specific experience, including overseeing the brand's performance in Europe as chief operating officer. Prior to that he served as managing director of Kia Motors (UK) and led the wholly-owned subsidiary to several sales records and through a period of sustained new product activity. With over 30 years of automotive industry experience, Michael's career also includes corporate and field-based roles with Toyota.
Until now, Casasnovas had been SEAT’s Global Director of Product Marketing and he will report to SEAT Vice-president for Sales and Marketing and CUPRA CEO Wayne Griffiths.
Previously working for Roland Berger consulting, Casasnovas joined VWG in the Marketing and Operations team at Volkswagen in Spain. He moved to Germany in 2010 to become the Global Launch Director of Volkswagen AG. He stayed in this role until his 2015 appointment as Product Marketing Europe Director of the brand’s compact segment. Since August 2016, Casasnovas has been SEAT’s Global Product Marketing Director, during which time he contributed to redefining the company’s product portfolio to adapt it to new trends in mobility and micromobility.
SEAT has developed an urban mobility strategy that includes the SEAT Minimó concept car which was presented at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, as along with the SEAT eXS Kickscooter powered by Segway. Its global launch was spearheaded by Casasnovas.
SEAT Vice-president for Sales and Marketing Wayne Griffiths, emphasised that “urban mobility is changing, and our role at SEAT is to adapt our business and offer new solutions for the cities of today. Lucas Casasnovas will have the goal of consolidating projects currently in progress and boost future strategy regarding new mobility trends.”
As Head of Urban Mobility at SEAT, Lucas Casasnovas will lead the development of new urban mobility solutions that are affordable and sustainable for the environment, cities and people. SEAT will present a range of these solutions on 19 November during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
Casasnovas has a truly international vision after working in various countries throughout his career, and he speaks several languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and German. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and has an Executive MBA from IESE. He has worked in the automotive sector for nearly 25 years, since beginning his career as a trainee engineer at the SEAT Technical Centre in 1996.
William Lee has been successful in leading various Hyundai Motor overseas operations, prior to his current role as Americas Region Executive Advisor. He has served as the first CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, President & CEO Hyundai Motor Brazil, Senior Vice President of the Overseas Sales Division and the first President & CEO of Innocean USA. The company expects Mr. Lee, in his new capacity, to lead the brand’s further global expansion by leveraging his overseas business operations expertise.
William Lee’s US market experience will be particularly beneficial and makes him the perfect match for this position. North America is an imperative market for the Genesis brand and he will work closely with recently appointed Genesis North America CEO, Mark Del Rosso to continue the growth of the brand in the region.
Based on the foothold it has created as a global luxury car brand, Genesis plans to expand its business to other global markets besides Korea and the US - including Canada, Russia, the Middle East and Australia — to secure opportunities and brand competitiveness for future growth.
The appointment follows Manfred Fitzgerald’s decision to leave the company to pursue new opportunities, after nearly four successful years of establishing Genesis in the global luxury car market. Mr. Fitzgerald has successfully put Genesis on the global track as a fully new attractive automotive luxury brand.
His most prominent achievement was the effective build-up of an all-new automotive luxury brand in a very short period of time. Fitzgerald implemented innovative and visionary concepts in several areas, among them product, marketing and communication. At the same time, he led the global building of organisational structures of the brand. Under his leadership, Genesis G70 was named ‘North American Car of the Year’ and ‘MotorTrend’s Car of the Year’, among many other accolades.
Since being hired as Head of Genesis in January 2016, Manfred Fitzgerald has played an important role in building Genesis' youthful and premium brand image. He led Genesis with a clear and consistent brand direction, establishing it as Korea’s first true luxury automotive brand that competes directly with the best automakers in the world.
Crabtree has responsibility for all Global Supply Chain activities. He will report directly to Jay Craig, CEO and President of Meritor, and is based at Meritor's corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan.
"Dan's 14 years of leadership and management experience across multiple areas of our global business will be valuable as Meritor's global supply chain function undergoes a strategic transformation to create a more connected, agile and profitable organisation," Craig said. "We look forward to Dan's leadership as we focus on successfully executing the company's M2022 business plan."
Crabtree has been with Meritor since 2005, working in various positions of increasing responsibility, including director, Product and Program Management for the Defense and Specialty businesses, and managing director, Australia. Most recently, he was senior director, Supply Chain, North America Truck. Crabtree earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in integrated supply management, from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Detroit Mercy.
The EMB will be responsible for the management of Dimerco Express Group’s three newly restructured business divisions - air freight, ocean freight and contract logistics.
Mobile intelligence logistics service provider
Dimerco has also upgraded its Corporate Management Information System (MIS) to Business Intelligence Technology (BIT) Division, focusing on the development and application of its own Dimerco Value Plus System® which operates on web.3.0 cloud network and offers the mobility to operate and service customers in any location and at any time, when there is internet connection. This rapid and comprehensive improvement of AI technology, application of Big Data and Semi-Automation technology in the Internet+ environment underpins Dimerco’s re-positioning of the company as a "Mobile Intelligence Logistics Service Provider".
Commenting on the restructure at Dimerco, newly appointed Chief Executive Management Mr. Shih said, “Dimerco Express Group is in the process of disruptive innovation, in terms of organisational restructure, specialisation, teamwork and the application of intelligent technology. We believe that the new EMB structure and clear Business Divisions will enable us to be more professionally focused on our key services. To upgrade our IT system to Mobile Intelligence Logistics Service Platform by leveraging latest Artificial Intelligence Technology, application of Big Data with App. reflects our commitment to provide a best-in-class logistics service for operation and management excellency and optimisation of service to customers.”
Executive management board
Representing the Air Freight Division, President of Dimerco Express Corporation, Mr. George Chiou will be responsible for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and North East Asia, while President of GCR Ocean Freight, Mr. Johnny Kao will represent the Ocean Freight Division in the same region. In South East Asia, Australia, US, Canada and Europe, Mr. Jeffrey Shih, Chief Executive Management will be responsible for the Air Freight Division, while President of Dimerco Express (USA) Corp, Mr. Herbert Liou, will represent the Ocean Freight Division in that region.
Ms. Wendy Chien, Managing Director, will represent the Contract Logistics Division across both geographies.
The previous CFO Dr Martin Zwyssig has decided to leave Autoneum.
Bernhard Wiehl has been responsible for Finance & Controlling at Business Group Europe since 2013. Also thanks to his financial leadership, this Business Group with its numerous legal units has become highly profitable in recent years. Prior to joining Autoneum, he held senior finance and controlling positions with various automotive suppliers and has therefore extensive experience in the financial management of internationally active suppliers. Additionally, he is very familiar with the challenges of the automotive industry in a global environment. From 2007 to 2013, he was Head of Finance & Controlling and member of the Executive Board of the Lighting and Electronics division at the German automotive supplier Hella and from 2004 to 2007, among other things, in charge of controlling of the Europe division of the supplier Hydraulik-Ring. Wiehl started his professional career in 1995 at TRW Automotive in Germany. He studied mechanical and industrial engineering at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and holds a degree in industrial engineering (FH).
Bernhard Wiehl’s predecessor Dr Martin Zwyssig decided to leave the Company and to take up a new professional challenge. The Board of Directors and CEO Matthias Holzammer thank him for the commitment to the Company and wish him all the best for his professional and private future.