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Today, Friday 1 April, saw a management reshuffle at Mazda head office in Germany and European national sales companies.

Bernhard Kaplan (42) took over as managing director of Mazda Germany. Joining the company in 2000, Kaplan was most recently the national sales company’s sales director. He replaced Josef Schmid, who retired. Schmid joined Mazda in 1973 and headed the NSC from 2009. The German unit booked an 18% year-on-year increase in vehicle sales during the first two months of 2016 and its best February since 2009, with the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs making up more than half of the year-to-date volume.

At Mazda Austria, Heimo Egger (43) is the new managing director. Previously director of Mazda’s south eastern European (MSEE) markets, he moved to Mazda Austria after successfully developing the sales region. Egger succeeded Günther Kerle, who retired from Mazda after 35 years.

David McGonigle (46), recently director of sales and aftersales operations at Mazda Motor Europe in Frankfurt, replaced Egger as regional director of the newly renamed Mazda Central and South East Europe (MCSEE) region. McGonigle will be responsible for 17 national markets including Poland which adds a sales volume of almost 10,000 units to an increasingly important region. Together, these markets accounted for sales of 22,000 vehicles in 2015, up almost one-quarter over the previous year.

Mazda Europe is combining responsibility for sales and customer service under vice president aales Martijn ten Brink (43). Until now, customer service was headed by vice president customer service and logistics Jorgen Olesen, who retired today.

Mazda Europe posted a 41% year on year, year-to-date increase in vehicle sales to the end of February, matching the growth achieved in the last quarter of 2015. For the fiscal year ended 31 March, the carmaker expected sales to have risen by 27%.

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