Conti names new head of Americas truck tyre technologies
On 31 August, Roger Stansbie, currently director of truck tyre technologies for Continental Tire the Americas’ Commercial Vehicle Tire business unit, will retire. Stansbie intends to return to the UK following his retirement and will be succeeded in his US-based role by Czech Republic national Libor Heger, who has been employed by Continental AG and its associated companies for the last 13 years.
“Roger’s contributions to Continental, and to the greater tyre industry, range far and wide,” stated Paul Williams, Continental Tire the Americas’ executive vice-president, truck tyres – the Americas. “From leading the design teams for manufacturers throughout Europe, to heading the R&D team that is a vital part of our success for Continental truck tyres in the Americas, his breadth of knowledge and experience has been a guiding force in tyre engineering. We would like to thank him for his many years of service and wish him the best in his retirement.”
Successor Heger’s most recent role at Continental was as head of brand management for truck tyres, the Americas, a position that saw him working out of the US operation’s headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Continental lists Heger’s recent achievements as developing and steering the current multibrand strategy and product portfolio for Continental’s truck tyre offerings throughout the Americas, as well as the re-launch of the General Tire brand truck tyre products to the region. His responsibilities, now steered through Continental’s research and development team, include overseeing the development of truck tyre products and technologies to meet the specific needs of the Americas market. Heger holds a bachelor’s degree in management and economics, and a master’s degree in marketing and management; both from Tomas Bata University in the Czech Republic.
Returning to the Fort Mill headquarters is Alex Chmiel, who has been on international assignment at Continental’s international headquarters in Hannover, Germany as head of global brand management for truck tyres. In this role he implemented global brand strategies for truck tyres and led the global product and brand management teams. Chmiel, a 12-year veteran of truck tyre sales and marketing at Continental, now assumes the new role of CVT brand and communications manager. His responsibilities are to lead marketing communications and multibrand strategy for Continental, General Tire, Ameri*Steel, Euzkadi and Barum commercial vehicle tyres in the Americas. Chmiel holds a bachelor of science in marketing and sales from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.