THERE have been a number of changes at Mazda following James Muir's move to Mazda Motors Europe. Jeremy Thomson has been appointed marketing director. He was previously fleet and remarketing director. He takes over the role from Rob Lindley, who becomes dealer operations director. Lindley's new post was vacated by Phil Waring who has taken over Muir's role as managing director.
SIMON West-Oliver has returned to Drive Software Solutions as sales and marketing director. He was responsible for the company's growth in the software sector five years ago. In the interim he has worked for Kewill Plc and Open Business Solutions.
WILFRIED Steffen is to succeed Joachim Eberhardt as president and CEO of DaimlerChrysler UK. Eberhardt is leaving DCUK to head Chrysler's group sales, marketing and service organisation as executive vice- president, based in Michigan, USA. Steffen is CEO and managing director of DaimlerChrysler Switzerland.
BRIAN Hagan has retired from Green Flag Motoring Assistance after 24 years as manager of Network of Recovery Operators. He was the company's longest-serving employee and joined the business more than 28 years ago. He was a founder member of the Road Safety Group and his passion for the safety of roadside technicians always took priority. Ken Hurley succeeds Hagan and will also manage the Direct Line body repair network.
OUTSOURCED claims management firm Call 24-7 has appointed Guy Woods as financial director. Woods, a chartered accountant, previously worked for Grant Thornton and Touche Ross. His primary role is to take responsibility for the financial, IT and HR functions.
MITSUBISHI Motors has appointed two new fleet sales managers: Paul Kirby and Michael Brick. Kirby spent four years at BMW and most recently was regional sales manager, new business, with ALD Automotive. Brick joins the company from Toyota GB where he was fleet business development manager.