Mazda Motor Europe announced the appointment today of Jerome de Haan to the position of Director Public Relations, effective immediately.

Mr. de Haan has nearly 20 years managerial experience in the European automotive industry, the last nine of which have been with Mazda Motor Europe. His most recent position was as Regional Director of Mazda’s 15-country Central and South East European (CSEE) organisation, which he has led for three years. Prior to that he was Managing Director at Mazda Suisse, and Director of European Distribution Operations at Mazda headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany. Before joining Mazda, Mr. De Haan worked for Nissan Germany in various managerial positions, and for IBM in Sales and Finance in the Netherlands.

Mr. De Haan, 53, is Canadian of Dutch descent. In Canada he completed his BA degree in Chemistry at McMaster University, and got his MBA in Business Administration from Queens University, before coming to Europe in 1984. He is fluent in three languages – English, Dutch and German.