Rob Neale heads up Repairify Luton technical centre
Industry specialist Rob Neale has been appointed operations and workshop manager by Repairify to head up its workshop operation at its site in Luton. The goal is to create a technical centre of excellence to provide expert training and support for customers conducting vehicle diagnostic and calibration services.
Liqui Moly’s long-standing commercial director, Dr. Uli Weller, has been appointed joint managing director of the company, alongside Günter Hiermaier. Dr Weller will become the second managing director of the group of companies at the start of 2023.
GRI is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Connor as director of sales for its US operations. In his new role, Connor will oversee GRI’s sales, marketing, operations and customer service efforts in North America, covering its Material Handling, Agriculture and Construction product portfolios.
During lockdown, one popular meme said: A key worker, someone whose work is overlooked and undervalued until a crisis, well that’s the clean version. As far as tyre technicians are concerned. their uniquely important role in keeping essential services running both during crises and in more normal times has definitely been overlooked by many. However, the latest Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) data suggests thats beginning to change.
Halfords investing £3.5 million in creating 1000 automotive technician roles
Halfords has embarked on a recruitment drive for its autocentres business to meet rapidly increasing demand for vehicle servicing, MOTs, maintenance and repairs. That means Halfords is creating 1000 new automotive technician roles over the next 12 months and is prioritising attracting retirees back into the workforce as well as challenging itself to increase the number of women in automotive technician roles. The recruitment drive, which will also target disadvantaged young people, is being backed by £3.5 million of technician training and recruitment investment over next 12 months.
Halfords has appointed Simon Wherry as delivery director for the group. Simon joins Halfords Senior Leadership Team and the group’s growing IT function. According to the company, Wherry brings experience in business change delivery, underpinned by technology. He joins from management consultancy firm, CapGemini, where he was a programme director working in the defence manufacturing arena.
On 18 November, Federal Corporation stated that Chiang Ching Hsing, the company’s chairman and general manager, resigned. Chen Heng Kuan, who is also chairman and president of Nankang, held his position. According to analysts, both Chiang Ching Hsing and Chen Heng Kuan are representatives of Nankang Rubber on the Federal Corporation’s board of directors, and Chiang Ching Hsing’s departure will not bring about a massive change in Federal Corporation.
Pascal Klein, co-founder and chief executive officer of pyrolysis end-of-life tyre recycler Pyrum Innovations AG, has been named a winner of the ‘Top 40 under 40’ award by German business magazine Capital.
Higashi named chairman of Bridgestone Asia Pacific
Masahiro Higashi, the Bridgestone Corporation chief operating officer with responsibility for the company’s business in Japan and its Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (BSCAP) business unit, will from 1 January 2023 additionally take on chairmanship of BSCAP.
moveero has appointed Hugo Burgers as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 1 December 2022. Burgers joined moveero in September 2021 with a senior level background from across the off-highway-industry, including Yokohama Off-Highway Tires, Warn Industries and John Deere.
Marisa Hever-Smith has been appointed as chief financial officer (CFO) of Yokohama (UK). Hever-Smith brings an extensive history within finance roles including 15 years working with Prometeon and Pirelli.
Carlton Forest Group has appointed Mark Horobin its chief financial officer. Horobin, who is ACA (ICAEW) qualified, has enjoyed a successful career in finance with his roles taking him to Denmark, UAE, and Italy in addition to the UK.
From 1 January 2023, Michael Wellenzohn will become chief executive officer of alloy wheel manufacturer Borbet, the first non-family member to hold this position in the company’s history. Wellenzohn succeeds Margot Borbet, CEO since 2019, who in future will head the Borbet Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Reddy named Apollo Tyres’ APMEA head of supply chain
Apollo Tyres has appointed Rajasekhara Reddy as Group Head, Supply Chain for its Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) region. In his new role, Reddy leads the regional SCM team and takes responsibility for providing leadership and direction to the regional SCM function.