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    News » Wendt takes on key supplier role at BMW

    October 8th 2018 Andreas Wendt (pictured) has become BMW’s new management board member for purchasing and supplier network. He was previously director of the group’s largest car assembly plant in Germany at Dingolfing. Wendt was appointed to his new role on 1 October by the supervisory board, whose chairman Norbert Reithofer said: “The purchasing and supplier network is more important […]
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  • News » Legacy of a moderniser: Sergio Marchionne

    September 14th 2018 Already known for turning around the Fiat Group in under two years, Sergio Marchionne was instrumental in Fiat forming an alliance with US carmaker Chrysler when it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. The Italian carmaker took a 20% controlling stake in Chrysler in June that year and Marchionne set to work by slashing costs, reducing […]
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    News » Anderson replaces McCann as CEO at United Road

    September 12th 2018 Marc Anderson (pictured) is taking over as CEO of US finished vehicle haulier, United Road Services. He replaces Kathleen McCann, who will move to the role of executive chairman in January. Anderson, who joined the company as chief operating officer in 2014 from Inland Industrial Services, added the role of president to his responsibilities in […]
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    News » Harring becomes Bridgestone’s logistics chief in EMEA

    September 4th 2018 Ulf Harring (pictured) has joined global tyre maker Bridgestone as chief operating officer (COO) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He will be responsible for logistics, supply chain management and procurement, along with manufacturing, quality, IT, environment, and health and safety matters. He took up his new role on September 1. “It will […]
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    News » Michael Druml takes on purchasing role at Magna

    September 4th 2018 Michael Druml (pictured) has taken over as vice-president of purchasing for Magna International Europe replacing Klaus Iffland, who has retired from the company. Druml will continue to work as director of purchasing and logistics at Magna Steyr, the company division which provides contract manufacturing and engineering services. Here he oversees purchasing, along with managing supplier […]
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    News » Du Preez takes over from Hepner at MBUSA

    August 29th 2018 Dianna du Preez (pictured) is settling into a new role as general manager of vehicle distribution and logistics at Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), replacing Rory Hepner who took up a new role as general manager of strategic retail development in July. Du Preez was general manager of the Mercedes-Benz Academy and has also held other management […]
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    News » Dana McBrien takes lead role at AutoSphere

    August 24th 2018 Dana McBrien (pictured) has moved from his role as associate chief advisor at Honda North America to become ‘guiding architect’ for AutoSphere, a digital supply chain system (previously referred to as the Automotive Supply Chain Data Ecosystem) developed by US information technology and packaging specialist, Surgere. McBrien worked for Honda for 34 years and held […]
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    News » Victor Arabe leaves VW for Nationwide

    August 22nd 2018 Victor Arabe (pictured), previously port manager for Volkswagen’s business at the port of San Diego, in the US, has moved to Nationwide Auto Services (NAS) as director of business development. NAS provides paint and hail damage repair services but is widening the scope of its operations by working directly with carmakers and their suppliers on […]
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  • OEM analysis

    People » After Marchionne, what next for Fiat Chrysler?

    August 6th 2018 Sergio Marchionne (pictured), former CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), was a remarkable man. He frequently dominated the automotive industry’s headlines and news agenda over the last decade or so and his recent passing away robs the industry of one of its few stars. In an age when corporate suits populate so many of the […]
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    News » VW takes Duesmann from BMW and creates new role for Brandstätter

    July 31st 2018 Volkswagen has offered Markus Duesmann (pictured) a position on the group’s management board. He is currently on the management board of rival OEM BMW, where he is responsible for its supplier network and purchasing. The carmaker has also created a new role for its head of procurement, Ralf Brandstätter, who has added chief operating officer (COO) for the VW […]
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