Goodyear has appointed Kate Norton sales general manager commercial UK & Ireland. She assumes the role after a decade-long career with Goodyear. Most recently she was head of sales capability Europe. Goodyear states that Norton has extensive knowledge of the industry. She has previously managed some of the company’s largest consumer accounts in the UK, bringing strong sales coaching skills to support the ongoing development of the commercial team.
Hankook Tyre UK has appointed David Block as national accounts manager. Block has more than 20 years’ experience in the tyre industry. He will work to develop sales of Hankook car and light truck tyres in the UK. Hankook states that Block’s extensive experience in various tyre industry positions will allow him to “provide an added value of customer service, whilst building and strengthening his customer base.”
Camso Germany’s sales team has been integrated into Michelin Reifenwerke. The manufacturer of Camso and Solideal brand off-road tyres, wheels, tracks and chain systems is now under the umbrella of Michelin Off- and Highway Transportation (OHT). Michelin acquired the Canadian company in 2018.
SMP Europe has appointed Wayne Hodgkisson as its new sales director. Hodgkisson has previously overseen the company’s tier one sales strategy, where he was successful in bringing further growth into the business, the company states. In his new position he will oversee the entire sales department with a key focus on supporting growth with customers and buying groups, as well as tapping into new opportunities.
Michelin has appointed Andrew Evans and Andy Aylward to two new national sales manager roles. The pair will oversee the company’s car tyre business in the retail, wholesale and fleet markets across the UK and Ireland. Evans is national sales manager B2C – key accounts, while Aylward take on the new role of national sales manager B2C – territories.
Bridgestone has promoted Daniel Giroud to chief sales officer (CSO), Bridgestone EMIA, after Riccardo Cichi leaves the role on 16 March after three years in the position. Giroud is currently VP retail operations, Bridgestone EMIA, and CEO and president of First Stop Europe. Cichi is joining Bridgestone North America as CSO after three years in EMIA.
Having recently been appointed as a key strategic partner for Exide in the UK & Ireland, ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT) has recruited Brian Sanders and Scott Barker from Exide Technologies to spearhead the company’s nationwide push with the prominent original equipment (OE) brand with Carbon Boost 2.0 technology.
BM Catalysts has strengthened its European operation with the addition of Loris Rosario Brito to its export sales team. A native Italian, Brito is also highly proficient in English, Spanish and Portuguese. In his new role, he will build on the company’s reputation, taking responsibility for driving growth, and continuing to serve an established account portfolio.
Goodyear has appointed Pravesh Amtha as its new sales general manager consumer UK & Ireland. He will lead consumer sales within the region and have responsibility for Goodyear’s legal entity within the country.
Melett has promoted Darren Johnson to the role of head of sales having previously occupied the position of sales manager. Johnson has been with the company since 2012, having first joined as a sales engineer for UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. In just over a year, he became sales manager, and was the role for more than six years.
Hankook Tyre UK has announced the appointment of a successor to David Thorp, its UK sales manager who will retire on 30 June 2019. Paul Emery, who has a wealth of industry expertise to draw upon, will take over as sales manager of the UK truck and bus tyre segment. Thorp will retire after a long career in the tyre industry, including more than thirteen years’ service at Hankook.
Norwich-based automotive recruitment specialist Progress Recruitment Solutions (UK) Ltd has launched new skills training aimed at sales and aftersales professionals. The six courses include ‘Excellence In Aftersales’, ‘Finance and Insurance IMI Accreditation’ and ‘IMI Quality Assured Vehicle Management’.
New research by London based independent research company Astutus Research suggests that a domestic Chinese company could be about to join the top 10 global manufacturers of passenger car and light truck (PCLT) tyres. Linglong Tyre, currently ranked 12th globally in the segment by unit sales, is forecast to take tenth place by 2019, replacing South Korea’s Kumho Tyre. The move would make the manufacturer the first from China to enter the PCLT top 10.