In Germany Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher has been appointed as new Country Director for Saab Germany. He comes from Land Rover Germany where he was National Sales Manager over the past two years.
Is this the vengeance for Hallmark ??? 😉
And in the USofA Mr. James Sweeting has also been appointed as new executive national sales director. He comes from Honda USA. I don’t know how Honda is performing in the states, so lets wait what he can do to get the sales figures high.
Both press releases after the jump.
Thanks to TedY and rodmylon for the hints.
Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher New Country Director Saab Germany
Joins Saab Automobile from Land Rover
Succeeds interim Country Director Kjell-Åke Eriksson
Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher as new Country Director for Saab Germany, effective April 1. Schuhmacher takes over from Kjell-Åke Eriksson, who acted as interim Country Director following the departure of Hans-Jörg Hänggi on December 31, 2010. Going forward, Eriksson will fully focus again on his position as head of Saab Automobile’s Purchasing department.
Schuhmacher, 38, brings a wealth of experience in the German market to Saab Automobile. Apart from being a German native, he acted as National Sales Manager for Land Rover Germany over the past two years. Before that, he filled several management positions within Jaguar and Land Rover’s German and UK organizations.
Jonathan Nash, Regional Director Europe for Saab Automobile, commented: “We are delighted that with Jan-Philipp, we can welcome a very qualified and experienced automotive manager to the Saab Automobile family. Germany is a key market for us in Europe and I am sure that Jan-Philipp will prove to be a valuable addition to our management team in Germany.”
Saab Cars North America Announces New Executive National Sales Director
Royal Oak, Mich: Saab Cars North America today announced the introduction of a new executive national sales director, Mr. James Sweeting. The announcement comes as Saab embarks on its biggest-ever product offensive with four all-new products since 2010.
Effective March 15, Mr. Sweeting will lead sales efforts in Saab’s largest market, North America. He will report directly to Saab Automobile AB Executive Director Global Sales & Aftersales and interim COO SCNA, Matthias Seidl. Over the course of the next few months SCNA aims to announce a permanent COO.
James joins SCNA with 27 years of automobile industry experience in the United States. Beginning his automotive career with Chrysler Corporation, he has spent the past 24 years with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in various sales and marketing rolls. Most recently he held the Zone Sales Manager position in Honda’s South Central Zone responsible for all sales and market representation activities in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.
“We are honored to have Jim join our North American team in a very pivotal year for Saab Cars North America,” said Matthias Seidl, Executive Director Global Sales and Aftermarket and interim COO SCNA. “Jim’s extensive automotive sales experience will help rebuild Saab’s presence in the North American market, ultimately increasing volume opportunities with our new product portfolio – the all-new 9-5 sedan, Saab’s first crossover, the 9-4X, the 9-5 SportCombi and highly anticipated all-new 9-3.”
Saab Automobile also recently announced a new global sales organization with four regions, each led by a regional director located in Trollhättan, Sweden, responsible for market development, sales and aftersales. The regions identified in the new structure are: Americas, Nordic, Europe, and Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa.
The Americas region includes the United States, and will be led by Alan Ludwell, recently responsible for importer markets at Saab Automobile AB. Magnus Hansson will continue as regional director for the Nordics, where Sweden is the largest market. The Europe region will be led by Jonathan Nash, who leaves his position as managing director of Saab Great Britain. Saab Automobile AB aims to announce a regional director for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, where China will become the main focus.