Auto industry promotes buyers to management

21 March 2007
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21 March 2007 | Paul Snell

Car manufacturers General Motors (GM), Renault and Nissan are making changes to their purchasing teams, including some director-level promotions for buying chiefs.

Bo Andersson, the vice-president of global purchasing and supply chain at GM in the US, has been promoted to group vice-president at the company. GM said Andersson would continue in his role as the head of purchasing and supply, but the promotion was in recognition of his "significant global responsibilities and major ongoing contributions to GM's progress". Andersson had set GM a target of $2 billion (£1 billion) of cost savings in 2006.

Renault has promoted Bernard Rey to senior vice-president, CEO office. He will report to the company's CEO, Carlos Ghosn, and serve on the company's management committee. He moves to Renault after serving in the same position at Nissan for two years. Rey joined the Renault purchasing department in 1980, and has served as the head of purchasing at both Renault and Nissan.

Nissan is also making changes to its senior purchasing team. Hiroto Saikawa, the executive vice-president for purchasing in the US, is to become chairman of the company's management committee. Hidetoshi Imazu will replace him as executive vice-president, manufacturing and supply chain. Nissan also wants Imazu to serve on the board of directors, provided it meets with shareholder approval.

The company has also appointed Trevor Mann as the senior vice-president of manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain in Europe. Mann will report to Imazu, and replaces Colin Dodge, who becomes the senior vice-president, general overseas markets.


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