Goodyear Dunlop’s former EMEA region president Arthur de Bok is now CEO and chairman of Dutch medical device company Mediq’s Management Board. He commenced in this role on 1 April. Announcing de Bok’s appointment, chairman of the company’s Supervisory Board, Rob ter Haar, commented that the board and management were “enthusiastic” about him taking the position. “We are convinced that Arthur, with his extensive experience, is the right person to help Mediq respond to this development and extend Mediq’s lead in this field,” he said.
Finnish tyre manufacturer Nokian Tyres Plc has reorganised its board of directors. Details of the reshuffle were announced on 8 April following Nokian’s Annual General meeting. As a result of the move Petteri Walldén was elected chairman of the board. The board also elected Hille Korhonen, Hannu Penttilä and Petteri Walldén as members of the nomination and remuneration committee.
Following yesterday’s news that Toyo executive Tamotsu Sakuramoto will swap his European responsibilities for Japan-based roles as of 1 January 2014, it has emerged that the move has triggered something of a reshuffle in the European and UK operations.
Goodyear has reshuffled its global leadership resulting in a new head of the company’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) business unit. Darren R. Wells, who up till now has acted as the company’s global CFO has been named president of Goodyear EMEA. Arthur de Bok, currently president of this business, will move into the new role of senior vice president, responsible for driving standardized and integrated sales and marketing processes across Goodyear.
Luca Negri has been appointed Pirelli’s new industrial director for the UK. He takes over from Paolo Battistini, who will return to Pirelli’s Milan office to work in the Company’s Industrial business unit. Negri will be based at the tyre maker’s Carlisle site.
On August 1 Continental AG’s Passenger & Light Truck Tires (PLT) and Commercial Vehicle Tires (CVT) divisions will be consolidated into a single unit known simply as the Tires division. This combined division will be headed up by Nikolai Setzer, who has led the PLT division since joining the company’s Executive Board in August 2009. Current CVT division head Dr. Hans-Joachim Nikolin has resigned from Continental on “highly amicable terms” and will leave the company on July 31. Conti’s Supervisory Board gave its consent for Dr. Nikolin's relinquishment of his office by mutual agreement at a meeting on June 7.
Continental’s Passenger and Light Truck Tire (PLT) division is gearing up for a round of management musical chairs: On July 1, head of worldwide Research & Development PLT, Christian Kötz, takes over as head of PLT Replacement EMEA, a slot temporarily filled by Nikolai Setzer, head of the Passenger and Light Truck Tire division. The position previously held by Kötz will be taken on by David O’Donnell; to take up this Germany-based role O’Donnell will leave the United States, where he is currently oversees Key Account Management The Americas for PLT’s OE business. And, as previously announced, Continental’s current head of Mergers and Acquisitions activities, Dr. Jochen Etzel, takes charge of the PLT business unit Replacement The Americas, also on July 1, 2011. He will be based in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Etzel succeeds Matthias Schönberg, who will be taking on a new assignment within the Rubber Group by taking over the helm of ContiTech Fluid GmbH.
Following the news that former Goodyear Dunlop UK & MD Mark Brickhill has been promoted to the position of vice president of the company’s consumer business unit in Europe, Goodyear Dunlop EMEA has released further details of the recent changes in the businesses European management.
In order to “capitalize on building a more efficient organization” the company has established a new leadership position oversee Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations (GDTO) and the Luxembourg complex. Philippe Degeer, who was previously vice president of the consumer business unit has been appointed to the position of VP Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations. In this position, Degeer will continue to report to Arthur De Bok, who remains president EMEA.
Tenneco Automotive has announced that it will cut up to 250 salaried positions, about six per cent of its workforce. The majority of the job losses will come from the middle and senior management levels and will be cut from the company’s worldwide workforce. Tenneco describes the redundancies as part of its “global restructuring” programme, which also includes plans to reduce the number of strategic business units to six.
Private equity firms Permira and CVC Capital Partners (CVC) have announced their acquisition of the AA. The companies have agreed to pay £1.75 billion, subject to regulatory approvals, for one of Britain’s best known motoring organisations.
Goodyear has announced a reshuffle at its European businesses. Sylvain G. Valensi, the outgoing president of the European Union business unit, will be on special assignment, reporting directly to Robert Keegan, Goodyear’s president and COE. Valensi will be replaced by Michael J. Roney, who transfers from the Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East Business Unit. Roney is in turn replaced by Jarro F. Kaplan, who previously held the post of managing director for Goodyear UK, and latterly of Goodyear Germany. Both Roney and Kaplan will report directly to Robert Keegan.
In a management reshuffle at Ford in the USA, Henry Wallace, Chief Financial Officer and Wayne Booker, Vice Chairman, are to retire. There is speculation that Martin Inglis, Head of Operations for Ford North America, is to succeed Wallace and that Nick Scheele, Chairman of Ford Europe, is to return to the States as a replacement for Inglis. Ford stressed that these latest moves have no connection with the current Firestone recall situation.