Alloy wheel protection specialists, AlloyGator, has appointed Stephanie Rathbone to its board of directors, as operations director. Rathbone will move from her previous position as operations manager for the Redditch based firm and will take responsibility for logistics operations and marketing.
The Executive Board for the newly-created ZF division, ZF Aftermarket, has been named. Steering the new aftermarket organisation as of 1 January 2017 under division head Helmut Ernst, are Neil Fryer (senior vice-president IAM, OES, and market and product), Evelyne Zaffino (vice-president human resources and Andreas Koetz (senior vice-president manufacturing, materials management and quality. Thomas Henne, the current senior vice-president finance, process-, IT-management and compliance of ZF Services, will work towards transferring this management role to Daniele Pontarollo by 1 March 2017.
A restructuring of the marketing team for Bridgestone Europe’s Central Region was implemented at the start of this year, and this has been accompanied by three new appointments. Julia Krönlein is now head of marketing for the region and takes on responsibility for all marketing activities and product management for the consumer business in the German, Austrian and Swizz markets. Long-time Bridgestone employee Stefan Lamp has been appointed product marketing manager for the consumer business, while Christian Blazekovic has been named head of brand and communication for the consumer and commercial business.
Michelin solutions UK commercial director Paul Davey and sales manager Richard Dale have expanded their roles to include functional support to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, in addition to their existing responsibilities within the UK and Ireland.
As of 1 February, Timo Tervolin will take over global responsibility for Process Development at Nokian Tyres. Tervolin, who currently serves as vice-president of Strategy and Corporate Development, succeeds Alexej von Bagh, who is leaving the company. In a statement, Nokian Tyres thanked von Bagh for his “long-term service and all his efforts toward the company.”
Bracknell-based tyre wholesaler Traxx Tyres UK recently appointed Ian Ochtman as general manager. He joins the company after spending 17 years with Bridgestone in South Africa in senior management positions as well as positions within the workshop supplies sector.
The Board of Directors of Max-Trac Tire Co. Inc. has elected Dominick Wycoff president of Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. Wycoff began in this role on 1 January and succeeds Chris Barbara. He previously held the position of vice-president of business development for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, a role he took on in August 2014.
As of 16 January, Jeff Barna joins Yokohama Rubber’s North American business as chief operating officer. In his new role at Yokohama Tire Corporation, Bara will report to company president Shinichi Takimoto and be responsible for sales, marketing and product planning functions. Barna will also be a member of Yokohama Tire Corporation’s executive committee.
The company established in 2015 to distribute Pirelli commercial tyres in Germany has announced the appointment of its second chief executive officer within the space of just two months. The job now belongs to Alain Versace, who succeeded Ralf Schnelle earlier this month.
Michelin has appointed Martyn Pointer as its new commercial director of agriculture, with responsibility for the UK, Ireland and the Nordics. He replaces Mike Lawton, who has taken on the position of head of communications, after five years in the role.
WAI has appointed Christine Smith to the role of marketing and communications manager. Based in Florida, as part of WAI’s US division, Smith joins from a sales and technology background, having worked previously in marketing, operations & management roles with API, Gatekeeper Business Solutions, Universal Health Services (UHS), Fine Lions, & Direct Office Interiors.
Michelin has appointed Jonathan Layton, 45, as national sales manager fleet, UK and Republic of Ireland. A veteran Michelin man, Layton assumes the role after more than 15 years at the company. Layton will manage the company’s team of key account managers, ensuring a high quality of service across its car and van fleet customers.