Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the appointment of Stephen Odell as senior adviser and president of Mazda Motor Europe, succeeding Jan Brentebråten who will return to a new role with Ford of Europe. John Mendel, currently director of marketing with Ford of Britain, will take up the position of executive vice president, sales & marketing, customer service & parts, at Mazda's North American Operations based in Irvine, California. The appointments are effective from 1 January 2002.