Top shuffle at General Motors

On the MoveClients:General Motors of Canada has relieved two of its top marketing executives of their posts.Michael Erdman has been removed as gm's vice-president of marketing. Erdman had held the position since 1990, when he came to Canada from Detroit, where...

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General Motors of Canada has relieved two of its top marketing executives of their posts.

Michael Erdman has been removed as gm’s vice-president of marketing. Erdman had held the position since 1990, when he came to Canada from Detroit, where he was general marketing manager for Chevrolet division.

GM President George Peapples will assume Erdman’s duties until a successor has been found.

Also let go is Michael Zukker, who was director of market planning. Zukker came to Canada from Detroit at the same time as Erdman. He was previously director of area planning for Chevrolet division.

gm has released no information as to whether Erdman and Zukker are still employed by the company in Canada or elsewhere.

In other news at gm, Barry Kuntz has been named as its director of product public relations.

Kuntz, who was previously director of area marketing, replaces Martin Chenhall, who retired earlier this year.

Steve O’Reilly, formerly gm’s national truck marketing manager, takes over for Kuntz as director of area marketing.

è American Express is on the prowl for a new president now that Morris Perlis has announced he will leave the firm, effective Aug. 31, to become a private international marketing consultant.

è Speedy Muffler King of Toronto has named Hershell Ezrin as executive vice-president, responsible for the operations of the 520 Speedy and Car X outlets in North America as well as assisting in the strategic marketing of Speedy’s business.

Ezrin was formerly executive vice-president of corporate and public affairs with The Molson Companies of Toronto.

The Molson Companies has appointed Barry Joslin, formerly senior vice-president with Molson Breweries, to fill the post vacated by Ezrin.

è TNT Express Worldwide has promoted Rick Finkbeiner as general manager of TNT Mailfast, the company’s international mail division.

Since 1990, Finkbeiner had been TNT Express Worldwide’s Ontario regional manager.

è Ilford Anitec Canada, formed in January from the merger of Ilford Canada and Anitec Image, has appointed A. P. (Sandy) Ellis as general marketing and sales manager.

è Effective Aug. 17, John Roche moved from national advertising manager for Honda Canada’s luxury automobile division, Acura, to become district sales manager for Honda’s Toronto market.

Bridgid Wilson, formerly Honda’s personnel manager, assumes Roche’s previous position.

è Hyatt Regency Vancouver has appointed Karen Zukas as director of public relations.

Zukas, who will be responsible for media relations and marketing and promotional activities, previously spent four years as an account executive at PJS Communications in Vancouver.


Larry Anas has added managing director to his existing duties as senior vice-president and creative director of Foster Advertising.

Anas has replaced Mary Koven who has moved to the newly-created position of vice-president and director, product development for Thomson Newspapers.

Koven had been vice-president and general manager of Foster since last year.

è Rhonda Page has joined Ove Design Toronto as creative director and new business development officer.

For the past four years, Page has been operating Toronto firm, Page/Cooper Design, specializing in corporate identity and packaging design.


David Clark has left Montreal’s Transcontinental Publications, where he had been president. No reason has been given for his departure.

Transcontinental Publications is the publishing division of G.T.C. Transcontinental Group, of St. Laurent, Que.