NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has appointed Marko Wowczyna UK managing director, effective April 1, 2021. He replaces Tammy Suzuki who NGK says has returned to Japan after four years at the helm. Mr Wowczyna becomes the firm’s first-ever non-Japanese UK MD. With nearly 25 years’ experience in the automotive aftermarket, Wowczyna joined NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd in 2012 as general manager – aftermarket.
Mark Dolloway succeeds Nigel Morgan as MD of Schaeffler (UK) Ltd
Nigel Morgan, managing director of Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division in the UK, has decided to step aside after more than 40 years continual service with the company. His retirement leaves some ‘rather large boots’ to fill at Schaeffler, so stepping up to the newly-created position of ‘country manager UK & Ireland’ will be Mark Dolloway, who joined Schaeffler from SKF in 2012. Dolloway will, in turn, be replaced as sales director by Matt Selby, who has been with the company since 2007.
Continental names Marc Siedler spokesman for business & finance
Effective 12 March, Marc Siedler is Continental’s new spokesperson for business and finance. He succeeds Henry Schniewind, who has headed up external communications for the company’s Tires business area since September 2020.
TMD Friction appoints new CV division global sales and marketing director
TMD Friction has created a new management position, appointing Oliver Hill as the company’s new Global Sales & Marketing Director IAM Commercial Vehicles. Hill is responsible for developing revenue streams and profits in TMD Friction’s commercial vehicle aftermarket division across all regions, and for the conception of innovative marketing strategies. Hill brings with him more than 20 years of experience in IAM, gained in a variety of sales and marketing positions. He spent 19 years with ZF Friedrichshafen, most recently serving as Head of Global Strategy Commercial Vehicles.
Maira Zöller heading Michelin PR in Northern Europe
Michelin has promoted Maira Zöller to the role of head of public relations for its Northern Europe region. She began in this newly-created position at the start of March and is responsible for public relations in Austria, Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland and the UK.
Following Ryan Patterson’s appointment as senior vice president, Business Integration at Goodyear, Nathaniel Madarang succeeds Patterson as president of Goodyear Asia Pacific. Madarang was previously managing director of Goodyear China and his new appointment took effect on 4 March 2021.
Goodyear gives Ryan Patterson responsibility for Cooper integration
Ryan Patterson has been appointed as senior vice president, Business Integration of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The role, which Patterson took on in March 2021, means leadership of the integration Cooper Tire, which Goodyear is purchasing.
Budget 2021: Corporation tax up, but business rates frozen – what it means for tyre businesses
The Covid-19 pandemic may have caused the biggest financial crisis of a generation as well as record spending and borrowing levels, but economic highlights arent as bad as was expected and UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak isnt raising taxes as fast as feared. Here, Tyres & Accessories takes a look at the main points pertaining to the tyre business and specifically: the furlough extension, the corporation tax increase, continued business rates holiday, and the introduction of freeports.
Steve Sheppard retires as Ecobat MD, Russell McBurnie takes on role
After more than 20 years with Ecobat Battery Technologies, managing director Steve Sheppard has stepped down from his position, six years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Russell McBurnie succeeds him as managing director.
Papadimitriou’s contract with Pirelli ends this week
As reported in January, Angelos Papadimitriou is stepping down as general manager and co-chief executive officer of Pirelli. The tyre maker shares that the termination of his contract employment takes effect on 28 February 2021. As already stated, Papadimitriou will maintain the offices of Director on the Board and member of the Strategies Committee. The termination of Papadimitriou contract of employment changes his status to that of non-executive director.
Goodyear names Chris Helsel SVP Global Operations & CTO
A broadened remit for Christopher P. Helsel: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced he will succeed Jonathan Bellissimo as senior vice president, global operations following the latter’s retirement after a Goodyear career spanning four decades. Helsel will also continue as chief technology officer, a role he’s held for the past three years.
Prinx Chengshan appoints marketing & communications manager for Europe
Prinx Chengshan relocated its European operations to Germany in 2019, and the Darmstadt-based Prinx Chengshan Tire Europe GmbH team has now been reinforced by the arrival of Sybille Schümann-Huth as senior marketing & communications manager. She reports directly to managing director Thomas Wohlgemuth.
Versarien plc, the AIM-listed the advanced materials engineering group, announced on 7 January that it has appointed Dr Stephen Hodge as the companys Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Dr Hodge joined the companys board with immediate effect.