Matthew Warren joined the team at RH Claydon (RHC) on 1 June 2021, taking on the role of business development manager for East Anglia and the South Midlands area. Warren previously worked as a national account manager at Tructyre and has many years of experience in the tyre industry.
PCL has appointed Ben Kershaw as technical sales manager. Kershaw will be responsible for growing sales and providing technical and product support in the petrol, automotive, industrial and fluid markets.
As PCL continues to expand despite the pandemic, the company has appointed Jodie Mitchell as assistant category manager. According to the manufacturer and distributor of inflation products, Mitchell brings a wealth of product management knowledge from working at Morphy Richards, where she spent five years as assistant category manager and product manager for various product ranges. Major achievements included growing the Filter Coffee category from 7th to 2nd place in the UK market.
Tomohiko Masuta has been named as managing director of both Falken Tyre Europe GmbH and Sumitomo Rubber Europe GmbH. Masuta joined Sumitomo Rubber Industries in 1985, first gaining experience in the Product Development department. In the 1990s, he moved to the Original Equipment (OE) area of the business before being dispatched to support the development of the Dunlop brand in European countries. In 2015, he was appointed general manager of OE Tyre Business for SRI, with his most recent role being general manager of the Automotive System Division. In his new appointment, Masuta will oversee the SRI group companies in the EMEA region and Falken businesses in Europe and will drive the growth of OE customers within the region.
Sheffield-based tyre inflation and pneumatics firm PCL has appointed a new Customer Service Team Leader. Reporting to sales director Lee Wright, Nicola Slazak will be responsible for providing hands-on support, whilst leading the team as well.
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.
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.
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.
Britishvolt appointed William Reynolds as chief financial officer effective 1 January 2021. Reynolds has over 20 years of experience with “large-scale world-wide capital fund raising, strategic planning, financial and operations management and business development in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East”, according to the company.
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.
Forbes and Statista have once again published their ranking of the world’s 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.