• Tom Noble Moves From BMW Australia To Oversee Mini U.S.A. Marketing .
    Mini U.S.A. has tapped Tom Noble, a marketer at BMW Australia, as department head, Mini Brand Communications. Noble, who will handle all brand positioning duties for Mini in the U.S. at the company's U.S. headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., replaces Tom Salkowsky, who was shifted overseas to be department head, key account management at the global organization in Munich.
  • Sources: Steve Shannon Out As Top Hyundai Motor America Marketer
    It seems likely that Steve Shannon, who came to Hyundai Motor America in 2011 some months after Joel Ewanick left, is leaving the company. HMA hasn't confirmed this, and Shannon is not available for comment. More later
  • Appeals Court To Reconsider 'Innocence Of Muslims' Takedown Order
    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said today that it will reconsider whether to order Google to remove the clip 'Innoncence of Muslims' from YouTube. The court also said that the original opinion in the case, issued in February by a three-judge, won't serve as precedent within the 9th Circuit.
  • Obama Urges FCC To Classify Broadband As Utility
    In his strongest statement this year on net neutrality, President Barack Obama today urged the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband service as a utility. Doing so would allow the FCC to impose the same kinds of common carrier rules that require telephone companies to put through all calls.
  • Nissan Taps Hatami To VP Sales, U.S.
    Nissan has named Derrick Hatami to VP, sales, for the U.S., reporting to Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Parts & Service U.S.A.
  • Paul Edwards, Chevrolet's New VP Marketing
    Chevrolet has tapped GM global marketing executive Paul Edwards to be Chevrolet's new VP marketing. He replaces Chris Perry, who departed last month.
  • NASCAR Promotes Lynch To VP, Green Innovation
    NASCAR is promoting Dr. Michael Lynch to VP, green innovation. The elevation of his role from managing director to VP is meant to further NASCAR's efforts to grow the sport's green platform. As he has done over the past five years at NASCAR, Lynch will champion the adoption and implementation of sustainability practices across the sport, per the organization. Lynch joined NASCAR in 2008, shortly after NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced the sport would work to reduce its environmental impact. After joining the company, Lynch launched the NASCAR Green sustainability program.
  • Toyota Changes Corp. Comms. To Reflect "Total Toyota"
    Toyota has made new appointments in its North American corporate communications group in line with the company's recently announced "total market" strategy, called Total Toyota or T2. The corporate communications function will now place an increased emphasis on establishing deeper relationships with influential Hispanic and African American communities in North America.
  • Dealertrack Buys Dealer.com
    Dealertrack Technologies has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dealer.com, which provides marketing and operations software and services for the automotive industry.
  • Nissan Goes Rogue To Tout 2014 Model Of Crossover
    The guy who helmed "The Italian Job" is behind a pair of cinematic TV spots for Nissan Rogue, via the Los Angeles office of TBWA\Chiat\Day. The spot, set to Sete's "Y.A.L.A.", uses the director's action-movie stylistics for a Walter Mitty-esque (no relation to the movie, which Jeep is involved in) theme. A man drives a carpooling group, which goes rogue, so to speak, as he takes off full bore, jumping a ramp onto a commuter chain among other things and gets to work early.
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