Helmut Nittmann, who was Ford’s North American director for service parts supply and logistics, has seen his responsibilities extended under a new title as global director, parts supply and logistics. He will now head service parts supply and logistics strategy in the Americas (both north and south), as well as in Europe, and Asia Pacific and Africa.
“Daily activities include closer co-ordination with the other Ford regions around the world to define and implement best-in-class service parts logistics solutions,” said Nittmann.
The move follows the company’s emphasis on a lean, global enterprise for automotive leadership as part of its One Ford Mission statement.
Nittman, who spoke during the dedicated service parts session at this year’s Automotive Logistics Global conference in Dearborn in October, has more than 20 years of experience within the service parts logistics business with responsibility for the continuous supply of service parts to Ford’s dealerships and affiliates around the world, as well as part identification/cataloguing, purchasing, supply chain management and logistics.
Amongst a raft of changes at automotive driveline and drivetrain systems supplier American Axle and Manufacturing, John Jerge, has been promoted president, AAM-Americas from his position as AAM's vice president of materials, logistics and labor relations.
Lance Reinhard is now moving to the position of executive director of procurement and supply chain management from his previous position as managing director of Latin America.
California-based electric-vehicle company Coda Automotive has lost its CEO, Kevin Czinger, and its senior vice president of global sales, marketing and distribution, Michael Jackson, just a month ahead of the official launch of its China-built EV, the Coda Sedan. The company announced the "resignation by mutual consent" of Czinger last week just days after Jackson’s departure.
Steven "Mac" Heller was named interim CEO, and Mark Jamieson, who joined Coda earlier this year as chief financial officer, was appointed chief operating officer.
The company said in a statement that “the realignment was part of its ongoing plan, at this stage in its growth, to set in place a team with deep manufacturing, marketing and sales strengths.”
Czinger will continue his relationship with the company as senior strategic advisor and shareholder.
Toll Global Forwarding has appointed Cédric Faivre as managing director for the German region, replacing Kay Uwe Gretsch, who has left the company recently for personal reasons.
Faivre will be based in company’s German headquarters in Düsseldorf and head Toll’s expansion in the country over the coming months with support from its existing offices in Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Faivre said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining this dynamic organisation, which is investing heavily in enhancing its global network and capabilities. We have exciting plans for the German market, which is an extremely important element in our total EME strategy, and this is all good news for our valued customers. I look forward very much to contributing to our future growth here.”
Ceva Logistics recently appointed Anthony Harris as senior vice president of account management for the Americas, reporting to Matt Ryan, president of the Americas region.
Harris joins Ceva from electronic manufacturing services provider Flextronics
"Anthony’s appointment will enable us to enhance our strong focus on customer service and customer relationships," said Ryan. "His deep experience with global supply chains and account management brings extraordinary value to our team."