TecAlliances Peter Hollowood has retired from an illustrious career in the automotive industry. Hollowood had worked for TecAlliance for more than 20 years, having previously run his own parts distribution business in Cheshire. Before this he held sales roles at CCI Triad (now Epicor). Mark Rudge is set to take up the mantle on an ongoing basis, assuming responsibility for TecAlliance Order Manager in the UK and Ireland, alongside his existing remit as eparts director at Fourth.
Hankook UK appoints Kallaway TBR regional sales manager
Hankook Tyre UK has appointed Shane Kallaway as truck and bus tyre regional sales manager for the South West. Kallaway succeeds Richard Ettey who has retired. Ettey leaves a long career in the tyre industry, with more than twelve years’ service at Hankook, and 40 years with Goodyear Dunlop in various roles.
Allan Vlah, Tim Yeo join Powerhouse Board as non-executive directors
UK technology company Powerhouse Energy Group has appointed Allan Vlah as a non-executive director with immediate effect. With twenty years’ experience in the investment industry, Vlah (43) is a director in Aviva Investors’ infrastructure group where he started and continues to lead Aviva Investors’ Energy from Waste equity strategy. Powerhouse commercialises hydrogen production from waste plastics, including end of life tyres.
Wurst joins Triangle Tire USA as senior development engineer
Triangle Tire USA has named Brad Wurst as senior development engineer of A3T, the companys technical centre in Akron, Ohio. Wurst joins Triangle from Smithers where he has worked since March 2018. Prior to Smithers, Wurst spent more than seven years with Cooper Tire & Rubber, including a one-year assignment as a truck tyre development engineer at the company’s facility in Shanghai, China. Before that Wurst was spent 20 years with Bridgestone Americas.
Autotech Recruit appoints marketing and technology director
Autotech Recruit has appointed Laurence Abbott as the company’s new marketing and technology director. According to the company, the creation of this new role underpins Autotech Recruit’s objective to develop technical solutions which will equip both contractors and clients alike with the best possible digital tools to drive efficiency.
Trelleborg appoints Fredrik Nilsson as chief financial officer
The Trelleborg Group has appointed Fredrik Nilsson as its new chief financial officer. Nilsson will assume this position during the first quarter of 2021, succeeding Ulf Berghult. Berghult will complete the 2020 year-end report before leaving Trelleborg for a new opportunity.
Orion Engineered Carbons invests in emissions controls
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. has completed a significant upgrade of its emissions controls at its plant in Orange, Texas. As a result of these actions, the site complies with strengthened environmental standards which reduce the site’s emission permits for NOx and SO2 by 2,300 metric tons of air pollutant emissions per year.
Schaeffler (UK) appoints Philip Elson as operations manager
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd. has appointed Philip Elson as operations manager at its automotive aftermarket headquarters and warehouse facility in Hereford. Phil Elson is a familiar face in the aftermarket, having spent over 17 years in a variety of senior management roles at MANN+HUMMEL, most recently as project director responsible for the integration of the WIX Filters brand after its acquisition in 2016.
The BVRLA has appointed Nora Leggett as its new director of human resources. Leggett has been the BVRLA’s director of member services since 2013 and has spent more than 20 years working on behalf of the vehicle rental and leasing sector, having joined the association in 1997.
Tronchetti proposes Angelos Papadimitriou as general manager, co-CEO
Pirelli executive vice chairman and CEO, Marco Tronchetti Provera has proposed Angelos Papadimitriou for the new office of general manager co-CEO. Papadimitriou will report directly to Marco Tronchetti Provera. The appointment has been added to the agenda for the scheduled 23 July 2020 board of directors meeting. According to an official statement outlining the appointment, “the aim of the reorganization is to support the realization of the business model and broaden the management team in view of the succession path which will be completed in the first half of 2023”. In other words, Papadimitriou is being positioned as Tronchetti Provera’s successor.
PCL has appointed Aaron Williams as senior buyer in order to focus on supply chain efficiency. Williams joins PCL following roles at Anixter, the global distributor of network and security, electrical, electronic and utility power solutions, and Victor Marine, specialists in the design and manufacture of tank washing machines, gas freeing fans and oily water separators.
Wastefront appoints ex-Wintershall DEA deputy CEO, COO as chairperson
Norwegian tyre recycling startup Wastefront, has appointed Maria Moræus Hanssen as its chairperson. Heading up Wastefront’s board, Hanssen brings international experience from top-level positions within oil, gas and energy companies such as Hydro, Equinor, Aker and Engie. She has served as a board member of multiple Scandinavian industry leading companies - including Det norske oljeselskap ASA, Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA, and Yara International - over the past twenty years, with current, active board member positions at Alfa Laval, Scatec Solar and Oslo Bygg. She was previously deputy CEO and COO at Europe’s leading oil and gas company, Wintershall DEA. Wastefront has also announced its first £25 million tyre recycling facility will be built in the UK.
In the US, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) board has elected Jim Pangle of Fountain Tire as board secretary and re-elected Mike Wolfe of Southeastern Wholesale Tire to a third term as board treasurer, effective 2 November 2020.
Wheely-Safe has appointed Peter Hatton as its new sales manager. The new role has been created as the technology business prepares to expand its range of intelligent TPMS, wheel loss and brake temperature sensing systems with a new generation of products. Hatton, 48, joins the company from Continental Tyres where he was most recently truck retread and casing manager. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked in the automotive sector for nearly 30 years.
Continental reorganises replacement tyre businesses in EMEA
Continental has merged its passenger and truck tyres replacement businesses in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Philipp von Hirschheydt, former head of the passenger tyres replacement business in the EMEA region, leads the new business unit. This transformation started on 1 January, 2020, becoming effective on 1 July, 2020. Conti states that it has merged the businesses to “increase customer centricity while increasing the overall efficiency of the organisations.” In making this organisational change, Conti has shifted its structure to align with customer groups rather than product categories.