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    Official: Infiniti cribs new US boss from Porsche

    Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Infiniti, Porsche
    Just weeks before he was supposed to become CEO of Porsche Cars Australia, Infiniti has apparently offered Porsche COO and Executive Vice President Michael Bartsch a deal he couldn't refuse. Thus, Bartsch has join the company as Vice President of Infiniti Americas, the luxury marque's top North American post. Bartsch replaces Ben Poore, who has been with the automaker since 2008, having led both a 22-percent sales surge in 2012 and the brand's current sales slough, Automotive News reports.

    Bartsch, Porsche's No. 2 US executive, has held the COO and Executive Vice President positions at Porsche since 2005 and was scheduled to become CEO of Porsche's Oz division on September 1. Infiniti has experienced a number of recent personnel changes in the past week: it named Vincent Gillet, formerly an executive for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, to lead its marketing efforts worldwide and Simon Cox, a former designer for automakers including Ford and Peugeot, to head a new design studio in London.

    Poore reportedly will pursue other interests outside of the auto industry. Read more about the personnel change in the press release below.Continue reading Infiniti cribs new US boss from Porsche
    Infiniti cribs new US boss from Porsche originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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