Adrian Kaczmarczyk appointed Nokian Tyres SVP, Supply Operations
Adrian Kaczmarczyk (Dipl. Ing. Engineering, MBA) has been appointed Nokian Tyres Senior Vice President, Supply Operations. He will take up the position on 1 November 2020 at the latest. Nokian Tyres current SVP, Supply Operations Esa Eronen will retire at the end of this year after working for more than 30 years in the company.
Continental CST appoints Hübner its agri product line manager
Benjamin Hübner has taken over as product line manager for Continental Commercial Specialty Tires’ Agricultural Tires business. In this function, he is responsible for the strategic development within the agricultural tyre segment.
PCL has appointed Alan Findlow as its new national sales manager. With extensive experience of working with ends users and distributors both at home and abroad, Findlow intends to use his expertise to help companies whose operations have been affected by coronavirus, formulating short term solutions whilst looking ahead to strategies for recovery.
Bridgestone North Region appoints Andrea Manenti as vice president
Bridgestone has appointed Andrea Manenti as vice president for its North Region, which includes the UK and Ireland. Manenti joins Bridgestone from Trelleborg Wheel Systems where he was global OE senior director. He joined Trelleborg in Italy as sales director and has held managing director and country manager positions in the UK and Ireland, China and Asia.
When Zenises Group chairman Harjeev Kandhari bought Lincolnshire-based retreader Vaculug in July 2018, some questioned the logic of buying a British manufacturing business while the country was on the brink of Brexit. However, shortly afterwards he told Tyres & Accessories that the circumstances only added to the opportunity and that he had plans to invest in the business via its staff, products and production lines. 18 months on, before the Coronavirus outbreak, T&A asked Kandhari how the transition has progressed and what the company is doing to celebrate its 10th anniversary. In short, the Vaculug transition is said to be going “absolutely wonderfully”, with a new MD appointed from within the ranks of Zenises, a number of other new personnel as well as new products and a developing van tyre business.
New Communications and Public Affairs chief at Continental’s Tires business
Starting 1 April, Silke Bernhardt has taken up the newly-created position of Head of Communications & Public Affairs within Continental’s Tires business area. She is based at the company’s headquarters in Hannover, Germany and shoulders responsibility for the strategic direction of internal and external communications. Bernhardt also manages the global communications units within Asia, North and South America, and Europe.
JATO Dynamics, which provides global automotive data, has David Krajicek as its CEO, effective 13 April 2020. Dr Krajicek has over 25 years’ experience. He joins from GfK where he had been at the helm as CEO of GfK Research since 2017.
ETEL appoints Kwik Fit MD Mark Slade as deputy group CEO
European Tyre Enterprise Limited (ETEL) has promoted Mark Slade, managing director of Kwik Fit GB, to the new position of ETEL Group Deputy CEO. Slade will continue in his role leading Kwik Fit, but will also take on additional group responsibilities as part of a broader remit.
‘Nobody will be laid off – if need be I’ll waive my salary’ – Liqui Moly MD
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, German oil and additive specialist Liqui Moly’s managing director Ernst Prost has promised employees that “nobody will be laid off. If need be, I’ll waive my salary.”
On 27 March, National Franchised Dealers Association wrote to Kemi Badenoch MP, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, to seek clarifications on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, following the release of further details which have created confusion among employers. “We urge the Government to clarify its guidance on the Job Retention Scheme as the latest information is creating uncertainty in the sector”, said Sue Robinson, director of the NFDA.
Schrader TPMS Solutions strengthens EMEA sales team
Three new members have joined Schrader TPMS Solutions’ sales team in the EMEA region: Ayhan Akin, Patrick Bondzio and Thorbjörn Källsbäck. The trio, who report to Alexander Baumann, will be responsible for the existing customer base in their respective markets as well as its strategic growth projects.
JK Tyre reduces pay for management in “unprecedented” times
Apollo Tyres shared last Friday that its senior management would take a pay cut in response to market pressures related to the coronavirus pandemic, and yesterday the team at JK Tyre & Industries announced similar measures.
JK Tyre senior management takes 25% pay cut amid Covid-19 pandemic
Senior management at Indian tyre manufacturer JK Tyre will take a 25 per cent pay cut during the Covid-19 outbreak. Chairman and managing director Raghupati Singhania stated that the board was taking the cut “in a show of solidarity in this critical time,” noting the “unprecedented” impact of the virus on sales and profitability.