Ed Wilson is moving from his role as manager of port operations and metrics at Volkswagen Group of America to take up a new position as general manager of vehicle logistics at the carmaker. From 1st May this year he will be responsible for all vehicle logistics activities supporting the distribution of Volkswagen group vehicles in the United States.

He replaces Joerg Schnackenberg who is returning to Wolfsburg, Germany at the end of June, where he will assume the position of project manager in the Regions Planning Department at Group Logistics focused on the North American region.

“Volkswagen Group of America is very thankful for Joerg and his vehicle logistics team for their contributions over the past five years,” said a spokesperson for the company.

Schnackenberg joined VW in 1999 and has held various roles in Europe, as well as managing the transport department for the carmaker in South Africa. Prior to his assignment in the US, he managed the air and sea freight department in Wolfsburg, Germany, and was responsible for all international freight movements.

Wilson was in his previous role for almost five years and also previously worked as logistics team manager at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.

As part of a reorganisation of the vehicle and spare parts logistics activities at VW, from the beginning of May the vehicle logistics team will report to Anu Goel, who now adds outbound logistics to his role as vice president of parts logistics.

“Anu brings extensive experience in global supply chain and logistics from his many years at Ford and will provide leadership that will allow the Group to further realise synergies in this critical area of the business,” said the VW spokesperson.

Goel was director of Global Parts Service and Logistics at Ford between 2005 and 2008, before becoming vice-president of North and South America Parts Operations at Case New Holland. He has been with VW since June last year.

Fred Diaz has made a surprise departure from Chrysler, where he was president and CEO of both Chrysler de Mexico and of the Ram Truck Brand, to join Nissan in a new role as divisional vice-president of Sales and Marketing. He was at Chrysler for 24 years.

He will now report to José Muñoz, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, customer quality and dealer network development, Nissan Americas.

"Fred Diaz is one of the most experienced, results-driven sales and marketing executives in our industry, and we are privileged to welcome him to Nissan," said Muñoz. "As Nissan Division continues to grow in the United States, we expect Fred to convey a fresh perspective to our dealers and the entire divisional operations team that he will now lead."

During his 24-year career at Chrysler, he gained extensive experience across the areas of the sales, field operations, distribution, service and marketing. He was appointed head of the Ram Truck Brand in October 2009 and added CEO of Chrysler's Mexican operations to his roles in 2011.

Bruno Cattori is the new president and CEO of Chrysler de México. Cattori was most recently director for retail sales and fleet for all Chrysler Group brands in Mexico, a position that he retains. Prior to rejoining Chrysler Group in early 2012, he served as president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Mexico.

Reid Bigland has taken over Diaz’s role as president and CEO of Ram Truck Brand, adding them to his existing responsibilities as head of US Sales for Chrysler Group and president and CEO of Chrysler Canada. He will take charge of sales strategy, dealer relations and operations for Ram Trucks, as well as order facilitation, incentives and field operations.

Bigland joined Chrysler in 2006 as president and CEO of Chrysler Canada and since then has handled a variety of responsibilities across manufacturing, engineering, product planning, customer service and distribution in both Canada and the US.

Uniloads, the UK-based commercial and passenger vehicle collection and delivery company, has announced a new management team as part of its reorganisation and rebranding.

The company will now be called Vmoves and, under the leadership of group managing director Sandra Ogden, has split into three divisions.

Justin Arnold has been appointed general manager of the Vmoves Fleet Solutions division, which will manage the inspection and collection of passenger vehicles. Meanwhile David Whyte is general manager of the Fleet Commercial division, which offers the same service for vans and HGVs.

Linda Mitchell has been appointed general manager of the third division – Vmoves Fleet Intelligence, which provides real time data and intelligence from client portals.

Arnold has worked in various motor industry roles with Manheim Auctions and G3 Remarketing prior to his role with Uniloads, while Whyte celebrates 12 years with the business having worked his way up from customer and sales support. Mitchell is newly-appointed to the company and has held previous management roles with Manheim and Jet Total Vehicle Solutions.

Uniloads is one of the UK’s leading commercial vehicle and car collection and delivery companies managing over 1,000 movements per week.