New HiQ Director Appointed
Goodyear Dunlop has announced the appointment of new HiQ director Juergen Titz, the man who masterminded the successful Goodyear Dunlop ‘4Fleet Group GmbH’ fleet business division in Germany. Titz has also been responsible for leading Goodyear Dunlop Europe´s consumer fleet activities as well as its European Retail approaches. In total, he has 11 years experience within the Goodyear Dunlop group, and has been a key advisor in the growth of the HiQ franchise programme as part of his pan-European role. He will now move to the UK on a full-time basis with his wife and two children.
Mark Brickhill, Group managing director, stated, “Juergen’s experience of fleet management and retail development across Europe will play a key role in Goodyear Dunlop’s drive to grow our own HiQ National Franchise Programme in the UK [covered extensively on Tyrepress.com throughout 2008]. The continued growth of HiQ is a core element of our vision to build strong retail and servicing partnerships across the country”
The network celebrated the signing of its 100th franchise store partnership following an oversubscribed response to the launch of the accelerated franchise programme in March, 2008.
Titz commented, “There is huge potential for growing the HiQ network by offering consistently high service standards, delivered by a network of committed and motivated franchisees who are backed by the support of the wider Goodyear Dunlop group and our range of premium brands as well as our strong national retail brand “HiQ”. I have worked closely with the HiQ team during the launch of the recent franchise programme and I am excited to be joining this team on a full-time basis”
Reporting to Juergen will be a new HiQ lead team, comprising Peter Tye (Franchise Development manager), Farrell Dolan (Commercial Support manager) and Geraldine McGovern (Demand Creation manager). Andy Morris, who managed the HiQ team on an interim basis, will now take up a new role leading the Commercial Sales team in the newly-combined Truck and Off-the-Road business unit.