December 26, 2003 |
Earlier this month, hundreds of employees at Mitsubishi Motors North America gathered with their new boss at company headquarters in Orange County to celebrate Sport Compact Magazine's "car of the year" award for one of their most eye-popping products, the Evolution. The magazine's editors, Chief Executive Finbarr O'Neill declared, "have affirmed that with Mitsubishi, high performance and value are synonymous." Now, if he could only get car buyers to see that.
October 30, 2002 |
Finbarr O'Neill, Hyundai Motor America's chief executive, has been named one of the "rising stars" of American business by Fast Company, a management magazine that's been publishing an annual "Who's Fast" list for the last five years. O'Neill is the only automotive executive on the list this year and made it into the November issue byvirtue of the Hyundai turnaround that he's helped engineer since taking the reins in 1998.
September 3, 2003 |
Hyundai Motor America Inc. said that Robert F. Cosmai, former vice president of national sales, has been appointed to serve as acting president and chief executive. Cosmai fills a vacancy created last week when Finbarr O'Neill, president of the Fountain Valley-based U.S. arm of South Korea's Hyundai Motor Corp. since 1998, quit to become head of troubled Mitsubishi North America in Cypress.
January 20, 2005 |
Mitsubishi Motors Corp., whose U.S. auto sales have dropped by more than half in two years, hired a Michigan-based turnaround specialist to revive its North American automotive business. Mitsubishi brought in AlixPartners to advise executives over the next several months, said Dotty Diemer, a spokeswoman for Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America. Japan's fifth-largest automaker this month promoted Rich Gilligan, 61, to run its North American sales and production unit after the Jan.
March 6, 1999 |
Hyundai Motor America said it has shelved plans to import a minivan for that already crowded niche in the U.S. market and instead will focus on marketing the sport-utility vehicle it will introduce here in the spring of 2000. Finbarr O'Neill, president of the Fountain Valley-based U.S. arm of South Korea's largest car maker, said the minivan was abandoned because it was designed for the European and Asian markets and simply was not good enough for the more competitive U.S. market.
December 2, 2003 |
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Greg O'Neill, president and chief operating officer of its North American sales unit, resigned for unspecified reasons. O'Neill, who joined the fourth-largest Japanese automaker in 1998, is to leave Mitsubishi Motors North America on Dec. 31, the company said. Tokyo-based Mitsubishi has seen its U.S. sales drop 22% this year through October, the largest such drop among major brands. It's struggling to revamp its Cypress-based U.S.