Marty Krcelic, president and chief operating officer (COO) of TBC Brands and executive vice president of TBC Corporation is set to retire effective 30 June 2021. Under his leadership, TBC Brands has become one of the largest distributors of proprietary brand tyres in North America. Geoff Doster will succeed Krcelic to lead TBC Brands as senior vice president of sales. His responsibilities will be expanded to include oversight of TBC Brands operations, customer service, commercial truck tyre sales and equipment and non-tyre sales.
Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has appointed Mark Field as its new chief executive, succeeding Wendy Williamson who is retiring later this year. Field has worked with the IAAF through the Federation’s PR representative, Impression Communications, for the past nine years and will assume chief executive responsibilities from 1 July 2021. He also has experience working within automotive media, PR and automotive trading groups.
TyreRunner.com has appointed Gavin Marshall to its board of directors weeks after TyreRunner.com revealed plans to double headcount. Marshall was previously the CEO of Middlesbrough-based North Eastern Tyres & Exhausts (NETE) which he successfully sold to Stapleton’s tyres, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Itochu corporation of Japan, parent company to Kwik-fit.
Messe Frankfurt, the organiser of Automechanika Birmingham, has appointed Grant Elrick as the company’s new sales director. Elrick is responsible for all sales and commercial activity around the Automechanika Birmingham show.
Chinese tyre manufacturing equipment and systems supplier Mesnac has appointed Guan Bingzheng as chairman and CEO. Bingzheng has been with the company since its establishment. Announcing the news, Mesnac highlighted Bingzheng’s 20 years of experience in the rubber industry. At the same time, the company also appointed Wang Zhiming as vice president.
Birla Carbon has appointed Dr Ann Schoeb as chief research and development officer. Dr Schoeb will have full responsibility for research and development work at Birla Carbon and will join the company’s senior management team. She reports to John Loudermilk, chief operating officer.
Il Taik Jung has been appointed Kumho Tire president and CEO. Jung joined the company in 1988 having previously held several senior positions. These include head of both the R&D Centre and Quality Division. Kumho states that these experiences are among the strengths that have led to his latest promotion. Jung is tasked with promoting an agile organisation culture that can quickly react to changing tyre markets and consumer needs at Kumho, the company states. Jung says that “R&D technology is the means by which future responsiveness in a competitive environment is best developed.”
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has appointed Koji Watanabe to the position of Associate Officer, Deputy Head of Tire Development Div., Head of Tire Designing Dept. No.3. Previously he was Associate Officer, Deputy Head of Tire Development Div., Head of TBR Tire Design Dept.
Pirelli executive vice chairman and CEO, Marco Tronchetti Provera, has proposed current Prometeon Tyre Group (PTG) chairman and CEO Giorgio Luca Bruno as Pirelli deputy-CEO, reporting directly to him. Tronchetti Provera made the proposal with the aim of supporting the execution of Pirelli’s forthcoming industrial plan, which will be presented on 31 March 2021, according to a company statement dated 24 March 2021.
Workshop equipment and wheel alignment specialist Pro-Align has appointed a former Kwik Fit branch manager to its sales team. Tom Burkett, a former director and owner of a mobile tyre fitting service and branch manager at Kwik Fit, has been appointed to join the team as a sales executive, covering the Midlands and South Wales region. The Hunter distributor said the addition of Burkett will provide “even greater levels of support to workshops across the country.”
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.
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.
Versarien plc, the AIM-listed the advanced materials engineering group, announced on 7 January that it has appointed Dr Stephen Hodge as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Dr Hodge joined the company’s board with immediate effect.
Mike Leedham has been appointed as the new off-the-road (OTR) Sales Manager for Continental Tyre Group. Leedham will be responsible for developing Continental’s OTR business in the UK and Ireland, as the company continues the development of its earthmover tyres, launched to the market in 2016.