Hayes Lemmerz Realigns Global Operations
As of September 1 Hayes Lemmerz International has realigned its global operational sites into three regions. According to company president and COO Fred Bentley, "The purpose of the realignment is to become more strategically focused in the operation of the business by aligning the organisation into specific regions. This realignment allows us to continue our global focus on the customer base while creating additional efficiencies from the functional support groups. This is a great move for our business and allows us to continue to develop our future leaders." Mustafa Zaim, managing director of Turkish Operations, will continue in his present role as managing director and will also assume the additional responsibilities coordinating Global Materials management as well as act in an advisory capacity to the EAAP region on operational matters. Zaim will continue to report to Mr. Bentley.
The second region is Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific (EAAP). Pieter Klinkers, vice president, Sales & Marketing, has been promoted to president – Europe, Africa & Asia Pacific. David Kasul, managing director Brazil, has been promoted to vice president, Operations, for Europe and Africa. Marc Hendrickx will replace Klinkers in the role of vice president, Sales & Marketing.
The third region is “The Americas” which consists of North America, Mexico and Brazil. Donald Hampton, vice president, North American Wheels Group, has been promoted to vice president and general manager for the Americas. Luis Blecher, financial director, Brazil has been promoted to managing director of Brazil to replace David Kasul and will be responsible for all Brazilian operations.