Apollo Tyres (UK) has appointed a new specialist to oversee sales of its growing off-highway tyres (OHT) range and support existing and new customers. Darren Longstaff becomes Apollo Tyres’ OHT Specialist and brings over 35 years of experience in the tyre industry.
TIA seeks successor to long-serving CEO Littlefield
With Roy Littlefield soon to retire as chief executive officer, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) is searching for a successor. The US-based association representing the tyre, retreading and repair sectors says it seeks a “dynamic leader in a rapidly changing business environment” to head its work in tyre technician training, government affairs and improving the overall environment for its tyre dealer and industry members.
Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) has appointed a new senior management team for its tyre manufacturing plant in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth). The appointment comes as Continental gears up to increase the site’s role as a supplier of light commercial vehicle tyres to global markets.
Hankook Tyre UK appoints new regional sales, national accounts managers
Hankook Tyre UK has appointed Andy Hodkin as its new regional sales manager, North East, and James Young as national accounts manager. Hodkin succeeds John Spilsbury, who has retired after nine years with the company, while Young takes up the position vacated by David Block, who retired on 1 July.
National Tyre & Wheel Limited (NTAW), the largest independent tyre and wheel wholesaler in Australia and New Zealand, has made several changes to its leadership team. The company states that these and other appointments made over the past year will help it “set a new benchmark in customer experience” that will “underwrite further growth.”
Bridgestone appoints Yoshimatsu to expanded Global CFO function
Bridgestone Corporation is expanding the function of its Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position and has appointed Masuo Yoshimatsu its new Global CFO, effective 1 September. Yoshimatsu, who joined Bridgestone in June 2021 and is currently assistant to Bridgestone’s Global CEO, will also become a vice president and senior officer of the company.
Birla Carbon appoints John Loudermilk appointed as CEO
Birla Carbon has appointed John Loudermilk as CEO Birla Carbon, effective 1 August 2021. In his previous role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), Loudermilk is said to have played a key part in shaping the Vision of Birla Carbon. He is also said to have been “instrumental” in the launch of the company’s Continua brand of sustainable carbonaceous materials.
Hiller to head Continental’s corporate communications
Continental has named its new head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. Birgit Hiller will take on this role from 1 September 2021, succeeding Dr Felix Gress, who has decided to leave the company after more than 11 years. She will report directly to Nikolai Setzer, chief executive officer of Continental.
New Wheels & Tyres Course at OurVirtualAcademy.com
Online training specialists OurVirtualAcademy have released the first 3 chapters in a new suite on Tyres.
The company makes the point that tyres are both safety critical and intricate pieces of engineering. Theyve been around for well over 100 years and all indications are theyll be around for 100 more... In the first three parts of this suite viewers learn about some of the ECE regulations associated to tyres, tyre dimensions, speed and load ratings.
In mid-July Colewood Automotive named Chris Higgins as its new finance director. Having been appointed to the role in June, Higgins will now work with the board to “manage and control the companies within the group to ensure financial and regulatory requirements are fulfilled”. Chris Higgins’ career spans over 20 years and includes 12 years as finance director for Kwik-Fit Fleet.
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) board elected Keith Jarman, president of AME International in Brooksville, Florida, as secretary on 23 June during its summer board meeting in South Dakota. A TIA Board member for nine of the past 12 years, Jarman’s election places him in line to become the association’s president in 2023-2024. He currently chairs the board’s membership committee. Jarman will begin his year as secretary in November and will move through the various officer positions until he becomes president.
Wang Jianye heading Sailun Group under ‘rotational’ presidency
Chinese tyre maker Sailun Group Co. Ltd. has introduced a new rotational system for appointing the company’s president. Under the format, which takes effect this month, Sailun’s Board of Directors appoint a member of senior management to serve in this role for a maximum period of two years. Wang Jianye has been named the first president of Sailun Group under the system, succeeding Zhongxue Yuan.
Continental appoints new head of Brussels political office
A new manager will lead the Brussels political office of tyre maker and technology company Continental from 1 August 2021. Fadie Al-Masri will succeed Desmond A. Collins, who is retiring at the end of July after nine years in the job.
Sara Correa is the newly-appointed chief marketing officer at Bridgestone Americas. She will begin in this role on 26 July, succeeding Philip Dobbs, who recently announced he will retire from Bridgestone in October after a brief transition period.