Roughly two years after he was appointed Ceat Ltd VP of marketing, Amit Tolani has been named chief executive of Ceat Specialty, effective 1 June 2021. Ceat Specialty has its EU office in Amsterdam and has been serving European farm and OTR tyre customers since 2017. Tolani joined Ceat in 2004 and has served in various roles across sales, marketing and supply chain functions. Prior to his latest appointment, he was the chief marketing officer of CEAT.
Michelin appoints Portigliatti EVP, High Tech Materials
Maude Portigliatti, currently senior vice president, Advanced Research at Michelin, will join the company’s Group Executive Committee as executive vice president, High Tech Materials, effective 1 July 2021. She will succeed Sonia Artinian-Fredou in this role following the latter’s departure from Michelin.
Toyo Tires appoints new GM for Africa & Middle East Sales Division
Shoji Hirao is the new division general manager at Toyo Tires for the company’s Europe, Africa & Middle East Sales Division. He began in this role on 1 June, joining the tyre maker from the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association.
RH Claydon appoints new business development manager
Matthew Warren joined the team at RH Claydon (RHC) on 1 June 2021, taking on the role of business development manager for East Anglia and the South Midlands area. Warren previously worked as a national account manager at Tructyre and has many years of experience in the tyre industry.
NMDA keen to get apprenticeships back on the agenda
The NMDA will discuss standards for the motorcycle technician apprenticeship at a virtual meeting in August for dealer members. The association wants to ensure the programme remains relevant and up to date. “Following a turbulent 2020, the NMDA is keen to get apprenticeships back at the forefront of our agenda”, said Paddy O’Connell, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA).
Hawley’s Tyres – The oldest tyre dealer in the country turns 111
In 2009 we named Hawleys Tyres the oldest tyre dealer in the country. A year later the Sheffield-based tyre retailer celebrated its centenary. 11 years on, we take a look back the company’s long history and bring things up to date as well.
Tyre recycling company Wastefront appoints Vianney Valès CEO
Norwegian waste tyre recycling company Wastefront has appointed Vianney Valès as its new CEO, replacing founder Inge Berge, who moves to chief operating officer. Valès is a former top oil and gas executive in in companies such as Shell and Galp Energia. He was first introduced to Wastefront by its liquid offtaker Vitol in 2019, was initially engaged with the Norwegian company in his former position as CEO of Devaltec LLC, a project developer and solutions provider in new and sustainable energies. Valès will be responsible for de-risking the company’s first waste tyre plant project in Sunderland, due to begin construction in early 2022. Valès will relocate immediately to London from Houston, Texas. Wastefront added that Valès’ initial priorities will include the selection of an EPC partner, developing commercial agreements, and ensuring all outstanding permits are approved.
PCL has appointed Ben Kershaw as technical sales manager. Kershaw will be responsible for growing sales and providing technical and product support in the petrol, automotive, industrial and fluid markets.
Virtual event focuses on apprentices’ mental wellbeing
During Mental Health Awareness Week which ran from 10 to 16 May 2021, Drive My Career announced a new “Supercharged” virtual event which will take place on 9 June 2021 to support apprentices’ mental health and wellbeing. The session follows the success of the first “Driving Inclusivity in Automotive” event held in December 2019 in partnership with dealer group Lookers. External speakers from Babcock International, Ben, the automotive charity, Lookers and the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) will be covering a number of issues related to apprentices’ wellbeing.
As PCL continues to expand despite the pandemic, the company has appointed Jodie Mitchell as assistant category manager. According to the manufacturer and distributor of inflation products, Mitchell brings a wealth of product management knowledge from working at Morphy Richards, where she spent five years as assistant category manager and product manager for various product ranges. Major achievements included growing the Filter Coffee category from 7th to 2nd place in the UK market.
Robinson representing Marangoni in UK, Ireland and UAE markets
Phil Robinson has joined Marangoni Retreading Systems as senior country manager for the United Kingdom, Ireland and United Arab Emirates. In this role he supports Mike Carter during the gradual transition towards Carter’s retirement.
As of 1 July 2021, Paolo Ferrari will become Bridgestone Corporation’s Global Chief Business Solutions Officer. At the same time, he officially relinquishes the position of Chief Operating Officer within Bridgestone Americas, Inc., the company’s US-based subsidiary. Bridgestone Corporation recently announced that Scott Damon would take over the latter role on 1 June.
Tomohiko Masuta appointed managing director of Falken, Sumitomo Rubber Europe
Tomohiko Masuta has been named as managing director of both Falken Tyre Europe GmbH and Sumitomo Rubber Europe GmbH. Masuta joined Sumitomo Rubber Industries in 1985, first gaining experience in the Product Development department. In the 1990s, he moved to the Original Equipment (OE) area of the business before being dispatched to support the development of the Dunlop brand in European countries. In 2015, he was appointed general manager of OE Tyre Business for SRI, with his most recent role being general manager of the Automotive System Division. In his new appointment, Masuta will oversee the SRI group companies in the EMEA region and Falken businesses in Europe and will drive the growth of OE customers within the region.
Sheffield-based tyre inflation and pneumatics firm PCL has appointed a new Customer Service Team Leader. Reporting to sales director Lee Wright, Nicola Slazak will be responsible for providing hands-on support, whilst leading the team as well.
Bridgestone Corporation reports that its North and Latin American subsidiary is expanding several key leadership positions in order to strengthen its core tyre business and to accelerate the execution of its sustainable mobility solutions strategy. The changes will take effect 1 June.