LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- CNH Global N.V. announces the appointments of Lorenzo Sistino as president of New Holland agricultural brand, and of Georg Richartz, who is now responsible for CNH supply chain and logistics.

Sistino and Richartz report to CNH President and CEO Harold Boyanovsky.

Sistino takes over from Marco Mazzu, who will assume other responsibilities within the Fiat Group. Richartz replaces Randal Wayne Baker, who had retained -- ad interim -- his previous supply chain and logistics responsibility when he was named president of the Case IH agricultural brand on Sept. 13.

Sistino, born in Turin, Italy, has been in charge of the Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) activities of the Fiat Group automobile division since October 2004 and responsible for worldwide sales of the Fiat brand since June 2005. Sistino joined Fiat in 1987 and he was given positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales in particular in the Lancia and LCVs brands.

Richartz, born in Dure, North Rhine, Germany, comes to CNH from the Fiat Group automobile division, where he was responsible for Supply Chain since 2005. Prior to joining Fiat, Richartz spent almost 25 years with Volkswagen Group, covering positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, logistics, and purchasing.

"I am delighted to have Lorenzo and Georg assume key roles at CNH," said Boyanovsky. "Their background and expertise will support the further development of our company. I thank Marco for his contribution provided to the company and wish him the best in his future endeavors within the Fiat Group."

"I am pleased to say that we are resolute about achieving our company's targets according to the timetable we have set and confirmed at the Fiat Group analyst and investor conference held in Turin, Italy on Nov. 8-9. Such results, together with leveraging on the full support of the Fiat Group of whose core business Case and New Holland agriculture and construction brands are key members, will allow our company to be a best-in-class industry leader," said Sergio Marchionne, chairman of the board of CNH.

CNH Global N.V. is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses. Supported by more than 11,000 dealers in 160 countries, CNH brings together the knowledge and heritage of its Case and New Holland brand families with the strength and resources of its worldwide commercial, industrial, product support and finance organizations. CNH Global N.V. is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A.

SOURCE: CNH Global N.V. via PR Newswire.