Big changes are afoot in the top ranks at BMW, as the Bavarian automaker has announced not just one, but several appointments in the top floors of its towering headquarters in Munich in what the company itself is referring as "a generational change" in its leadership.
Earlier this month we brought you a report that Luca di Montezemolo – the longtime but recently ousted Ferrari chief – was to take up a new position as the chairman of Alitalia. And now the troubled but resurgent Italian airline has confirmed his appointment as part of its new board of directors.
Executives may call the shots day-to-day at the world's leading automakers – much as they do at any other corporation – but the ultimate decision-making body remains the board of directors. And Chrysler has just named six new members to its board.
General Motors may have made headlines when it recently appointed the industry's first female CEO, but Honda has long lagged woefully behind the times when it comes to the diversity of its top management. In fact, its entire board has until now been composed entirely of Japanese men, with not a foreigner or a woman in sight. But as Reuters reports, that's all changing with the nominations to its latest board.
Ford Motor Company has a dual-class stock structure of Class A and Class B shares. The roughly three billion Class A shares are for the general public like you and me, while the roughly 71 million Class B shares are all owned by the Ford family. Each Class A share gets the shareholder one vote, each Class B share is worth 16 votes, the result being that Common Stock holders control about 60 percent of the company while the Ford family controls 40 percent even though it holds far fewer shares. Th
Tesla Motors has brought in another Daimler AG executive to its board of directors – Harald Kroeger, Daimler's vice president of electrics, electronics and e-Drive. Kroeger replaces Daimler's Herbert Koehler, who resigned from the Tesla board on December 12.
Toyota is in the process of reevaluating the structure of its highest level of management. Eight years ago there were 58 board members running the show before Toyota cut the group down to 27. Now Toyota is planning to reduce its board further by dropping its membership to 17.
According to the Detroit Free Press, General Motors interim chairman, Kent Kresa, has been asked by president Obama's administration to replenish the automaker's board with fresh blood. Kresa said that while the board did achieve "historic things" recently, like renegotiating the UAW pay scale, he also said that the board didn't fully comprehend the magnitude of the downturn.
Looking to further tighten up its hammerlock on General Motors, the UAW would reportedly like a seat on the automaker's board as a reward for helping it garner federal dollars. Marc McQuillen, president of UAW Local 2404 in Charlotte, North Carolina, has posted on his group's website that the suspension of the jobs bank and a two-year delay on automaker payments into the retiree healthcare fund are concessions enough for the UAW to seek a seat at the big table. We visited the website ourselves a
Porsche has been in the news quite a bit over the past few weeks. While one hand is embroiled in an emissions tax battle with the Mayor of London, the other hand is slowly scooping up shares of Volkswagen.
The supervisory board of Volkswagen Group just gave approval for Porsche AG to take a majority stake in the people's automaker. Porsche currently owns 31% of Volkswagen, and this move will ultimately increase that share to 51%. The increase in ownership is estimated to cost Porsche upwards of $20 billion, although the financial deets have not yet been released. Porsche is saying that owning a majority stake in VW will not result in the two companies combining, creating a German mega-automaker of
Jim Press, the man at the helm of Toyota Motor North America, is set to become the first non-Japanese member of Toyota's board of directors. He is currently a managing officer of the company, but when promoted the title on his desk will read "Senior Managing Director". That desk will be shipped to Japan, where Press is apparently being relocated. It's not clear how effectively Press will be able to manage Toyota Motor North America from his executive desk chair in Japan, though we imagine many r