Several tyre manufacturers amongst world’s best employers
Forbes and Statista have once again published their ranking of the worlds best employers. 160,000 employees of multinational or supra-regional companies from 58 countries were surveyed. The questions were about the extent to which respondents would be willing to recommend their employer and how satisfied they are with their employer in terms of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, image, economic relevance, development of talent and in relation to Equality and social responsibility.
Michelin: Barbara Dalibard to succeed Michel Rollier
Michel Rollier, chairman of Michelin’s Supervisory Board, has announced he will step down from this role at the end of next year’s Ordinary Shareholders Meeting. His current tenure as Supervisory Board member also expires on that date, and Rollier will not seek re-election. Rollier shares that the Supervisory Board has unanimously decided to appoint Barbara Dalibard as its next chair, effective from the close of the 2021 Ordinary Shareholders Meeting.
The First Stop network has completed its support team for new and existing partners with the recruitment of two further retail business consultants. The First Stop area map for Britain is now fully populated with the appointments of Nick Salt (Northern England and Scotland) and Shaun Sweeney (South West England and South Wales).
Bridgestone appoints Mobility Solutions business unit leaders
Bridgestone has appointed Jan-Maarten de Vries and Michiel Wesseling as CEO and COO of its Bridgestone Mobility Solutions (BMS) business unit. Thomas Schmidt, the co-founder of Webfleet, will be leaving Bridgestone and his role as CEO and managing director of the BMS business unit at the end of this year. These changes are effective 1 January 2021.
Speciality tyre manufacturer GRI reports that it has upgraded its Human Resources agility. According to the company, HR agility has been key to the company’s resilience and resourcefulness during the global pandemic.
Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands for the African continent, has announced the appointment of Lubin Ozoux as its new CEO and Executive Director of SRSA effective 1 January 2021. Ozoux will take over the role from outgoing CEO, Riaz Haffejee who has led the company for the past eight years. Haffejee will remain with the company until the 31 January 2021 to “ensure a smooth transition”.
Goodyear South Africa appoints Czyzyk managing director
Piotr Czyzyk has been appointed managing director for Goodyear South Africa. Czyzyk has served Goodyear in a number of roles and markets for the past 17 years, most recently as PBU commercial director in Europe. There Czyzyk was responsible for overseeing the Central Europe operation, garnering keen insights into the global market, consumer behavior, as well as the shifting dynamics of demand and supply.
Trelleborg appoints Romberg SVP of combined Communications/HR function
Trelleborg Group has named Patrik Romberg its new senior vice president of Communications and Human Resources. Romberg, who joined the company in 2006 and has served as senior vice president of Communications since 2011, will initially hold this new position in conjunction with Paolo Astarita, Trelleborg Group’s current senior vice president of Human Resources. Astarita will then transition to an advisory role within the group upon his retirement.
Titan International has begun the search for a new chief accounting officer after incumbent Amy Evans informed the company on Monday of her intention to leave, effective 4 December. Evans will remain chief accounting officer and a vice president of Titan International until this date. David Martin, the company’s chief financial officer, will then fulfil the remit of chief accounting officer until a successor is appointed.
Maha Group managing director Dr Thomas Aubel has resigned at his own request effective 10 November 2020. As managing director, Aubel has been responsible for the company’s sales Germany, sales international and Maha Service Center since October 2018. He has been a member of Maha Maschinenbau Haldenwang’s advisory board since December 2017.
Germany: Michelin’s Taneja named rubber association president
Anish K. Taneja has been appointed president of the German Rubber Manufacturers Association (wdk). The chief executive officer of Michelin’s Europe North Region was named successor to Dr Ralf Holschumacher earlier today. Holschumacher has served as wdk president since 2014.
In addition to appointing a managing director for its business in Austria, Michelin has named Albrecht von Leonhardi managing director of Michelin Suisse SA, effective 1 November. He comes to this role from Michelin Solutions, where he was commercial director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, a position he’d held since mid-2017.
Michelin has reorganised its sales team in Austria and appointed Roland Steinberger managing director of its business in that market. Steinberger began in the role on 1 November, continuing a tyre industry career spanning more than two decades, including eight years at Michelin. His previous role with the tyre maker was sales manager for its car tyre business within Austria.
Continental AG has appointed Nikolai Setzer (49) as its new executive board chairman until March 2024, effective 1 December 2020. He succeeds Dr. Elmar Degenhart (61), who is stepping down for health reasons, effective 30 November 2020. Setzer is widely seen as a safe pair of hands for the company who has been prepared for the position for years.
Reija Laaksonen has been appointed Nokian Tyres’ new Head of Global Marketing starting 9 November 2020. She reports to Andrei Pantioukhov, executive vice president and member of Nokian Tyres’ management team.