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Saturn exec joins smart car team

December 8, 2009

Saturn exec joins smart car team

The Detroit News

Smart USA has hired Jill Lajdziak, the former general manager of the Saturn brand, as vice president of sales and marketing.

The company, the exclusive U.S. distributor of the smart fortwo micro car, is a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group Inc., which backed out of a deal this fall to buy Saturn.

Her appointment is effective Jan. 1.

"I am pleased that Jill has accepted our invitation to join smart as we enhance the position of the smart brand as part of the automotive landscape," Chairman Roger Penske said. "With her background building the Saturn organization and her expertise in customer satisfaction, product marketing and brand development, Jill is an outstanding fit, and I am confident that she will help us grow the smart brand."

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