Independent vehicle importer Ateco Automotive has announced changes to its brand management team in preparation for it taking over Ferrari and Maserati distribution for Australia and New Zealand in October and relinquishing its Australian Kia franchise in 2006.

Kevin Wall has been appointed general manager of Ferrari in Australia and New Zealand and David Stone returns to Ateco after a stint at Toyota to take over Wall's role as general manager of Alfa Romeo.

Edward Butler moves from Kia to Maserati as general manager for Australia and New Zealand and Dinesh Chinnappa also returns to Ateco as general manager of Kia. He will oversee its transition to a factory-run operation.