Covisint names new CEO

Once again, automotive industry e-services exchange Covisint LLC has a new CEO.

Last week, the Southfield, Mich.-based e-business company named Bob Paul to the top post, replacing Bruce Swift, who was just appointed to the job at the end of April. Swift replaced Harold Kutner, who retired at that time. Kutner, one of Covisint's founders and a former vice president at General Motors Corp., had assumed the reins last June, after the departure of Kevin English, Covisint's first CEO. English had held the job for 14 months.

According to Covisint, Swift accepted the position of president of a division of Metaldyne Corp., a Plymouth, Mich.-based designer and supplier of metal-based components, assemblies and modules for transportation-related powertrain and chassis applications. Swift will stay on, however, as Covisint's chairman.

In the statement, Covisint said Paul, 40, has been with the company since October 2001 and currently serves as its senior vice president of sales and marketing. He is a veteran of the automotive and technology businesses.

Before joining Covisint, Paul was president and chief operating officer of Synapz, a San Diego-based provider of Web-based supply chain management procurement applications for the automotive industry.

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