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NEWS EXTRA

August 26, 2014

Business, Education, Feature, Government

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ASSIGNMENTS / APPOINTMENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOURCE:  Department of Defense

FLAG OFFICER ASSIGNMENTS

The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert announced the following assignments:

Rear Adm. Brian L. LaRoche will be assigned as reserve deputy commander, Navy Installations Command, Washington, District of Columbia. LaRoche is currently serving as reserve deputy commander, Navy Surface Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.

Rear Adm. Kelvin N. Dixon will be assigned as reserve deputy commander, Navy Surface Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia. Dixon is currently serving as vice commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command, Bahrain.

Rear Adm. John C. Sadler will be assigned as reserve deputy commander for Maritime Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Sadler is currently serving as director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and vice commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, Naples, Italy.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Brian S. Pecha will be assigned as deputy to the Medical Officer of the Marine Corps; and deputy director, Medical Corps Reserve Component, Arlington, Virginia. Pecha is currently serving as Medical Officer of the Marine Corps; and director, Health Services, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, Arlington, Virginia.

Capt. Keith M. Jones, selected for the rank of rear-admiral (lower half), will be assigned as reserve director, Logistics Programs and Business Operations, Chief of Naval Operations, N41, Washington, District of Columbia. Jones previously served as commanding officer, Logistics Readiness Center, Headquarters 120, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, California.

APPOINTMENT

SOURCE:  TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC)

Susan Marston has been appointed the new TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC) Regional Vice President for Kentucky and West Virginia.  A seasoned professional with more than 24 years of global business and management executive experience, Marston specializes in working with minority and diverse companies.

She has developed many national and international strategic/collaborations/partnerships in numerous countries, including Hungary, United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa and the USA.

Susan Marston, TriState MSDC Regional Vice President of Kentucky and West Virginia

Susan Marston, TriState MSDC Regional Vice President of Kentucky and West Virginia

In addition, Marston has served as the MBE Business Development and Marketing Director for the Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (NOMSDC) in Cleveland, Ohio.  While working with MBEs and Corporate Members in supplier diversity development and related activities, she served on several Supplier Diversity Advisory Councils for leading national corporations.

Marston has held numerous leadership roles, including Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of several organizations. She has extensive experience in the areas of business management and consulting, working with major corporations, international government entities, non-profit and small business sectors – with particular focus on diverse companies.

Her work experience includes serving as the Executive Director of a national Business Advice Center, Vice President of a minority owned company, University Lecturer of International Business, Business Development/Marketing Director, and Project Director e.g., International Business Development.

She has also worked with the Prince of Wales Business Leader Forum and European Union, UK and Hungarian Government – an international collaboration that aligned the private sector, public sector, non-profit sector and small businesses.

Marston has a thorough understanding of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion in the corporate world and in the small business sector too.

ANNOUNCEMENT 

SOURCE:  Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Volkswagen Group starts second half-year with rise in deliveries

  • 5.78 million vehicles handed over from January to July / +6.0 percent*
  • 808,500 units delivered in July / +6.7 percent*
  • Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Pleasing start to second half of year. Uncertainty continues to overshadow economic conditions in global automotive sector.”

Wolfsburg, August 26, 2014 – The Volkswagen Group delivered 5.78 (January-July 2013: 5.45; +6.0 percent)* million vehicles from January to July. The company handed over 808,500 (July 2013: 757,500; +6.7 percent)* vehicles to customers in the month of July. “The Volkswagen Group and its brands have made a pleasing start to the second half of the year”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday, and added: “Nevertheless, uncertainty continues to overshadow economic conditions in the global automotive sector.”

Group brands delivered a total of 2.32 (2.16; +7.2 percent) million vehicles on the overall European market in the first seven months of the year, of which 1.21 (1.12; +8.4 percent) million were delivered in Western Europe (excluding Germany). 724,300 (678,900; +6.7 percent) customers in the home market of Germany chose a new car from the Volkswagen Group, while theVolkswagen logo company delivered 383,300 (365,500; +4.9 percent) vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe. 157,400 (175,000; -10.1 percent) models were handed over to customers in Russia.

The Group delivered 500,700 (512,600; -2.3 percent) vehicles in the North America region from January to July, of which 337,700 (356,800; -5.4 percent) were handed over to customers in the United States. The Volkswagen Group delivered 410,700 (523,400; -21.5 percent) units in the South America region, of which 320,300 (386,300; -17.1 percent) were handed over to customers in Brazil.

The Volkswagen Group continued to record encouraging figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where 2.31 (2.00; +15.5 percent) million vehicles were delivered in the period to July, of which 2.10 (1.79; +17.2 percent) million units were handed over to customers in China, the Group’s largest single market.

Outline of developments at Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 3.56 (3.43; +3.8 percent) million vehicles worldwide from January to July. The brand continued to develop well in the Asia-Pacific region, where 1.72 (1.48; +16.2 percent) million units were handed over to customers. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 333,400 (362,300; -8.0 percent) vehicles in the North America region. The brand reported slight growth on the overall European market, where 1.00 (0.98; +2.9 percent) million vehicles were delivered.

Audi delivered 1.01 (0.91; +11.1 percent) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the period to July. Deliveries by the premium brand from Ingolstadt developed well in the Asia-Pacific region, where 375,000 (319,200; +17.5 percent) models were handed over to customers. Audi delivered 119,400 (105,900) vehicles in the North America region during the same period, an increase of 12.7 percent.

The sports car manufacturer Porsche delivered a total of 104,900 (95,300; +10.0 percent) vehicles from January to July. At 35,200 (30,700; +14.6 percent) models, the overall European market accounted for the largest share, while 32,200 (28,400; +13.4 percent) units were delivered in Asia-Pacific and 30,600 (27,700; +10.5 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers in the North America region.

ŠKODA delivered 605,300 (534,300; +13.3 percent) vehicles in the first seven months of the year. The Czech automaker handed over 159,600 (140,200; +13.9 percent) models to customers in Central and Eastern Europe, and delivered 164,300 (155,400; +5.7 percent) vehicles in the Asia-Pacific region.

SEAT continued to grow, delivering 234,600 (212,100; +10.6 percent) vehicles worldwide in the period to July. The increase was particularly strong on the overall European market, where 200,100 (175,000; +14.3 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers. SEAT also recorded growth in Germany, where the company delivered 49,900 (44,800; +11.5 percent) units, and in Central and Eastern Europe, where 14,900 (8,800; +69.0 percent) vehicles were handed over.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 255,200 (265,700; -3.9 percent) vehicles to customers worldwide in the first seven months of the year, of which 191,000 (180,100; +6.1 percent) were handed over on the overall European market. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also grew deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region, where the company handed over 13,000 (12,200; +6.2 percent) vehicles.

*) excluding MAN and Scania

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