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    Forvia Hella elevates Philippe Vienney as new CFO
    German automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, announced that it has appointed Philippe Vienney as CFO of Forvia Hella and appointed him as a new member of the management board in this function, according to a press release dated Feb. 7. Vienney will take up the post on March 1. He will take over as CFO from Bernard Schäferbarthold, CEO at Forvia Hella, who is acting CFO until Vienney takes office. Economist Vienney has been with Forvia, the world's se...
    BBB Industries appoints new leaders for Undercar and Solar System divisions
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has announced two strategic leadership changes, according to a press release dated Feb. 12. John Boyer has been appointed president of the company's Undercar division, after serving as president of Terrepower, the innovative Solar System and Electric Vehicle Battery Life-cycle Management division. The company believes Boyer’s product and market insights, and hands-on approach are ideally suited to lead BBB’s Underc...
    Mobivia appoints Romain Sartorius as chairman and CEO
    French mobility group Mobivia has announced that a new board of directors for the company, which includes 11 brands and around 20 start-ups, was elected during the annual General Meeting that was held on Jan. 27, according to a press release dated Feb. 2. The new board has appointed Romain Sartorius, grandson of Norauto founder Eric Derville, as chairman and CEO of Mobivia for the next four years.  Sartorius succeeds Fabien Derville, son of Eric Derville and chairman and CEO of Mobivia f...
    US paints-maker PPG announces executive appointments
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that Irene Tasi, currently senior vice president and chief growth officer (CGO), will become senior vice president of Industrial Coatings. In addition, Alisha Bellezza, currently vice president of Automotive Coatings, will become senior vice president of Automotive Coatings, according to a press release dated Jan. 30. Both appointments are effective March 1, 2024. Tasi was named CGO and a member of the company’s op...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway appoints chief customer officer
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that it has promoted Adam Chamberlain to chief customer officer (CCO), according to a press release dated Jan. 23. With the foundational elements of the LAD Strategy now in place, Chamberlain's expanded role will involve innovating the customer experience across the company’s extensive network, including the Driveway experience, Gre...
    Holley names Philip Dobbs as senior vice president of Customer Experience Marketing
    Holley Inc., a US-based automotive aftermarket performance solutions firm, has announced that Philip Dobbs has joined the organization as senior vice president of Customer Experience Marketing, according to a press release dated Jan. 18. Dobbs has taken on a newly created role focused on providing the best possible brand, product and service engagements across the company’s business-to-business and business-to-consumer (B2C) touchpoints. “Philip is a dynamic marketing leader wit...
    Tenneco’s Öhlins Racing appoints senior executives
    Tenneco has announced the appointment of Marc McAllister as Öhlins Racing’s new vice president and general manager, and Tom Wittenschlaeger to the newly created position of general manager, North America, according to a press release dated Jan. 17. McAllister replaces Henrik Johansson, who announced in 2023 that he would retire after nearly 30 years as a member of the Öhlins team. Both McAllister and Wittenschlaeger will be charged with capturing opportunities for growth for the European ...
    Goodyear appoints Mark Stewart as new CEO and president
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has announced that Mark Stewart has been elected CEO and president, effective Jan. 29, according to a press release dated Jan. 18. He will succeed Richard Kramer, who previously announced his planned retirement from the company following 24 years of service, including 14 years as chairman, CEO and president. On the effective date, Laurette Koellner, independent lead director of Goodyear’s board since 2019, will become non-executive board chair, and Stewart wi...
    Italy's Metelli Group appoints Fabrizio Sanna as general manager
    Metelli Group, an Italy-based automobile parts manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Fabrizio Sanna as its new general manager, according to a press release dated Jan. 17.  The company said that Sanna will be part of the Metelli SpA management team as general manager with effect from Jan. 1. Sanna has proven long-lasting experience in automotive multinational manufacturer companies holding top management positions and worldwide experience in leading strategy roles, acc...
    Mann+Hummel appoints new head of Air Filtration business
    German components supplier and filtration expert Mann+Hummel has announced that as of April 1, Mann+Hummel has appointed Henk in ’t Hof as president Life Sciences & Environment (LS&E), according to a press release dated Jan. 3. In his role, in ‘t Hof will be responsible for Mann+Hummel’s global Air Filtration and Water Membrane Solutions business. He will report directly to Kurk Wilks, president and CEO of the Mann+Hummel Group. Dutch-born in ‘t Hof has gained over 30 years...
    Australian distributor CoolDrive appoints Gerard Belleville as CEO
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that it has appointed Gerard Belleville as its new CEO, following John Blanchard's assumption of the role of executive chairman, according to a press release dated Jan. 11. Belleville brings extensive experience in various industry sectors, including 27 years as an audit partner in several chartered accounting firms and 17 years with Deloitte Australia, where he held several leadership roles. Blanchard, ...
    Hella appoints Marcel Wiedmann to manage global spare parts and workshop business
    Hella, an international automotive supplier operating under the Forvia umbrella brand, has announced that Marcel Wiedmann has taken over the management of the global spare parts and workshop business at Hella with effect from Jan. 1, according to a press release dated Jan. 15. In his role, Wiedmann reports to Stefan van Dalen, who, as a member of the Hella management board, is responsible for the Lifecycle Solutions Business Group and was previously head of the Spare Parts and Workshop b...
    MEMA appoints new senior vice president of Government Affairs
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that Ana Meuwissen will be joining the MEMA Advocacy team as the senior vice president of Government Affairs, according to a press release dated Jan. 12. The move follows the retirement of Ann Wilson, who has been an integral part of MEMA for over 20 years, at the end of 2024. "Her remarkable journey with ...
    GKN Automotive appoints new chief information officer
    UK-based drive-systems supplier, GKN Automotive, announced that it has appointed Volker Schwarz as its new chief information officer (CIO), with immediate effect, according to a press release dated Jan. 2. Reporting directly to GKN Automotive’s CEO Markus Bannert, Schwarz will join the company’s executive team, responsible for driving its global IT strategy. The appointment reflects a new phase in the brand’s commitment to IT investment and development. Schwarz joins with more than 2...
    CLEPA appoints Schaeffler senior executive Matthias Zink as new president
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has elected Matthias Zink as its new president for a two-year term starting in January 2024, according to a press release dated Jan. 9. Zink is CEO Automotive Technologies at Schaeffler and will succeed Thorsten Muschal who has held the position since 2020. “CLEPA represents over 3,000 companies, from multi-nationals to SMEs, supplying state-of-the-art components and innovative technology for safe, smart, and sustainable mobility acro...
    Elizabeth Dreyer appointed as Advance Auto Parts' new chief accounting officer
    Advance Auto Parts, an automotive aftermarket parts distributor in North America, announced that it has appointed Elizabeth Dreyer as its new senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, effective Jan. 9, according to a press release dated Jan. 5.  Dreyer brings over 30 years of accounting and finance experience to the role, having most recently served as chief accounting officer and controller at Amyris Inc., a public biotechnology company. Prior to Amyris, she held v...
    Valeo appoints Edouard de Pirey as CFO
    Valeo has appointed Edouard de Pirey as the new CFO, it said in a press release dated Jan. 2. De Pirey will replace Robert Charvier, who will retire on March 29 after 24 years with the company. Charvier will remain with Valeo in an advisory capacity until his departure. De Pirey began his career as a civil servant in New Caledonia before joining the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry in 2006. He joined Valeo in 2009 as group vice president of Corporate Planning and Str...
    Alcoa appoints Matt Reed as EVP and COO
    Alcoa Corp., a global company involved in the manufacturing of bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, has announced that it has appointed Matt Reed as its executive vice president and COO, effective Jan. 1, 2024, according to a press release dated Dec. 21, 2023. Reed, who will be based in Western Australia, will lead Alcoa’s global operations, including bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminum smelters. He will be accountable for operational excellence, focusing on safety, environmen...
    Driven Brands names Damien Harmon to board of directors
    Driven Brand Holdings, a US-based automotive service company, has appointed Damien Harmon to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2024, according to a press release dated Dec. 19. Harmon is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience in retail and leadership, and will also serve as a member of the compensation committee, the release added. Jonathan Fitzpatrick, CEO and president of Driven Brands, expressed the company's excitement to have Harmon join the board, citing his ex...
    US-based Vontier appoints Mike Dwyer as president of Matco Tools
    Vontier Corp., a US-based provider of critical technologies and solutions to connect, manage and scale the mobility ecosystem, has announced the appointment of Mike Dwyer as president of Matco Tools, according to a press release dated Dec. 12. Dwyer succeeds Tim Gilmore, who will retire from the company following a 36-year career with the organization. Gilmore will serve in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Matco Tools provides professional mechanics with premiu...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association appoints new chairman
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced the appointment of Wayne Bryant to the position of AAAA chairman, according to a press release dated Dec. 21. The AAAA is the national, independent association representing the aftermarket, and the role of the AAAA board is critical in further strengthening the association’s ability to support, develop and future-proof the aftermarket industry, the organization said. Wayne Bryant, who holds the position of CEO, Auto...
    Sweden-based CTEK appoints Fredrik Uhrbom as Global Director, Consumer
    Swedish battery-management company CTEK has announced that it has appointed Fredrik Uhrbom as Global Director for the new division Consumer, formerly Aftermarket, according to a press release dated December 13. The Consumer division is primarily end-consumer focused with sales in more than 70 countries via both distributors, retailers and e-retailers, the company said. Uhrbom is said to have extensive experience from several companies within the retail industry. He has, among other roles, wor...
    Schaeffler extends CEO Klaus Rosenfeld's term for five more years
    Schaeffler AG has extended the contract of its CEO, Klaus Rosenfeld, for an additional five years, according to a press release dated December 15. Rosenfeld joined the Schaeffler Group as Chief Financial Officer in March 2009. In October 2013, he took over the position of CEO in addition to his role as CFO, initially on an interim basis. In June 2014, he was appointed permanent CEO of Schaeffler AG, whose IPO took place under his leadership in October 2015. With the Roadmap 2025, Klaus Rosenf...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket names new leaders to drive growth and digitalization
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket, a German provider of spare parts and services for the automotive industry, has announced two new management appointments to strengthen its leadership team, according to a press release dated Dec. 12. As per the announcement, Maxim Hantsch-Kramskoj is the new president of Business Development & Strategy Automotive Aftermarket and Hamid Manesh has taken over the position of head of Digitalization & IT Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket from Jan. 1, 20...
    Fuchs SE appoints Timo Reister as deputy chairman of the executive board
    Fuchs, the world's largest independent supplier of innovative lubricant solutions for almost all industries and applications, has announced that its supervisory board has appointed Timo Reister as deputy chairman of the executive board, according to a press release dated Dec. 8. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2024, and is part of the company's long-term succession planning. Reister joined Fuchs in 2009 after completing his studies in business administration and his doctorate, and has be...
    MEMA CEO Julie Fream to depart, Collin Shaw named as successor
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that Julie Fream, president and CEO of MEMA's Original Equipment (OE) Suppliers group, will step down from her role March 31, 2024, according to a press release dated Dec. 11. MEMA has announced that Collin Shaw will succeed Fream as president of the MEMA, OE Suppliers group, effective April 1, 2024.&nbs...
    New vice president of North America Commercial business appointed at Goodyear
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed Joe Burke as its new vice president of North America Commercial business, according to a press release dated Nov. 30. Burke, who reports to Steve McClellan, president of Goodyear Americas, brings a wealth of experience in the commercial tire and service industry, having previously led commercial sales and original equipment account teams at Goodyear. Significance: Burke succeeds Dave Beasley, who decided to retire after nearly 40 years with ...
    LKQ Corp. announces new leadership appointments
    LKQ Corporation has announced that it has appointed John Meyne, currently the East Division Vice President of LKQ’s Wholesale – North America segment, to serve as Senior Vice President of LKQ and President of Wholesale – North America effective January 1, 2024, according to a press release dated December 4. Additionally, the company has also appointed Andy Hamilton, currently the Chief Executive Officer of LKQ’s Euro Car Parts business in the United Kingdom and R...
    LKQ says Justin Jude to succeed Dominick Zarcone as CEO
    US-based distributor of replacement parts, components and systems LKQ Corp. announced that Dominick Zarcone, the company’s current president and CEO, has informed the company’s board of directors of his intention to retire from his role effective June 30, 2024, according to a press release dated Nov. 27. The board has unanimously selected Justin Jude, the company’s current senior vice president and president of its Wholesale — North America segment, to succeed Zarcone as LKQ’s next pre...
    Ziebart promotes three senior leaders, including first female C-suite appointment
    Ziebart, a US-based provider of detailing, films and structural-protection services, announced the promotion of three members of its senior leadership team, according to a press release dated Nov. 20. The moves include the creation of a new C-level role, chief growth officer, and the first female to hold a C-suite title in the company's nearly 65-year history. Brian Jackman has been promoted to senior vice president and COO, as well as president of Ziebart Corp. He will oversee US franch...
    Advance Auto Parts names Ryan Grimsland as new CFO
    Advance Auto Parts, an automotive aftermarket parts distributor in North America, announced that it has appointed Ryan Grimsland as its new executive vice president and CFO, effective Nov. 27, 2023, according to a press release dated Nov. 15. Grimsland brings over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, treasury, financial planning, and retail strategy and transformation. He previously served as senior vice president, strategy and transformation at Lowe's Companies Inc. In addition, the ...
    Tenneco names Manavendra Sial as new CFO
    US-based automotive components original equipment manufacturer, and aftermarket ride control and emission-products manufacturer, Tenneco, announced that it has appointed Manavendra Sial as its new CFO, effective Jan. 1, 2024, according to a press release dated Nov. 17. Sial succeeds Jeff Stafeil, who left the company to pursue other opportunities. Sial joins Tenneco from Fluence, where he served as CFO and played a key role in the company's growth and success. Prior to his time at Fluenc...
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. CEO Richard Kramer to retire
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that Richard Kramer has informed the board of his plans to retire as chairman, CEO and president of the company in 2024, according to a press release dated Nov. 15. The Goodyear board has retained a leading executive search firm to execute a search considering both internal and external candidates. During his tenure as CEO, Kramer led Goodyear’s evolution into a technology-driven mobility company and fortified the company’s position as a l...
    Lumileds appoints Tom Constantino as new CFO
    Lumileds, a global player in lighting and light-source innovation, announced that it has appointed Tom Constantino as its new CFO, according to a press release dated Nov. 14. Constantino’s experience includes work with both public and private companies, including HP, Hitachi, Western Digital and A10 Networks, as well as several early-stage technology companies. Significance: CEO Steve Barlow welcomed Constantino to the team, highlighting his breadth of experience and its potential to dri...
    Meko names Christer Johansson as new CFO to lead financial strategy
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has appointed Christer Johansson as its new CFO, according to a press release dated Nov. 15. Johansson brings extensive experience in finance and controlling, having served as vice president of Business Control at battery manufacturer Northvolt and previously as CFO at Hoist Finance, listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. He also has a background in venture development and consulting at McKin...
    Automotive coatings firm Xpel makes senior appointments
    Xpel Inc., a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive products, including automotive surface and paint protection, ceramic coatings, headlight protection and automotive window films, has announced the appointment of two new executive hires: Tony Rimas as vice president of Revenue and Kim Steiner as vice president of People Services, according to a press release dated Oct. 26. Significance: Rimas will lead Xpel's global sales team, partnerships and commercial strategy, bringing deep ex...
    US powersports retailer RumbleOn appoints new CEO
    RumbleOn, which calls itself the largest powersports retailer in North America, has appointed Michael Kennedy as its CEO effective November 1, according to a press release dated October 20. In connection with his appointment as CEO, Kennedy will also join the RumbleOn board of directors as of that date. Kennedy succeeds Mark Tkach, who has served as interim CEO since June. According to the company, Kennedy is an accomplished Powersports industry veteran who brings over three de...
    Continental elevates Enno Straten as head of Automotive Aftermarket division
    German supplier of automotive components, tires and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, has announced that Enno Straten will become head of Continental’s Automotive Aftermarket business segment at Continental, effective November 1, according to a press release dated October 19. The company’s Automotive Aftermarket segment includes replacement and wear parts for the passenger car aftermarket, such as brakes, electronic components, service equipment or batteries. Straten succee...
    Hella names Bernard Schäferbarthold as new CEO
    Bernard Schäferbarthold will become the new CEO of Hella GmbH & Co., effective Jan. 1, 2024. This decision was made by the shareholder committee of Hella at its meeting on September 29. Schäferbarthold will succeed Michel Favre, who has mutually agreed with the shareholder committee on an early termination of his mandate. Schäferbarthold, who has been a member of the management board responsible for Hella's Finance and Controlling corporate function since November 2016, has signed a long-...
    Denso appoints new head of Denso Aftermarket France
    Japan-based Denso Corp. has announced the appointment of Pierluca Nave as the new head of the Denso Aftermarket France business unit, and Sonkalou Konaté as the business unit’s new product marketing manager, according to a press release dated October 9. Nave brings with him 25 years of valuable experience in the automotive industry. Speaking on his appointment, Nave said, “Our mission is to further develop the DENSO brand in the French market, with the strong ambition to strengthen ...
    Sweden’s Meko appoints new director of communication
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has appointed Anders Oxelström as the new director of communications, according to a press release dated October 5. With a solid background as a leader in some of Sweden's largest media organizations and years of advising major Swedish publicly traded companies, Oxelström will play an important role in enhancing Meko's communication, according to the announcement, which added that Oxe...
    US-based Highline Warren lubricants division COO to retire
    Highline Warren, a US-based supplier of consumable and maintenance products for the automotive aftermarket, has announced that Curt Knapp, COO of Lubricants, will retire at the end of 2023, according to a press release dated October 5. Knapp has served in leadership roles at Highline Warren and its predecessor companies for more than 12 years and is a known leader in the lubricants industry across the US, the release added. Knapp began his career at Texaco Chemical Additives in 1980. Since th...
    Purem by Eberspaecher co-CEO Marcus Knödler becomes sole CEO
    Eberspaecher, a German automotive supplier of thermal-management systems and automotive control components for the original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket, has announced that the Purem by Eberspaecher brand with its exhaust technology solutions is undergoing a senior management change, according to a press release dated October 4. As per the announcement, the company’s co-CEO Marcus Knödler will take over the management of the brand, which is the largest division within t...
    India’s component industry body ACMA appoints new president and vice president
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), India’s apex auto component industry body, announced the appointment of Shradha Suri Marwah, chairperson and managing director of Subros Ltd. as president of ACMA, and Vikrampati Singhania, managing director of J.K. Fenner (India) Ltd. as vice president of ACMA, from 2023–25, according to a press release dated September 14. Significance: Announcing the appointments, Vinnie Mehta, director general ...
    BBB Industries appoints Gonzalo Cajade as chief people officer
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries announced that it has appointed Gonzalo Cajade as its executive vice president and chief people officer (CPO), effective immediately, according to a press release dated September 18. Cajade, who will be based in the company’s corporate center outside of Mobile, Ala., replaces Matt Brynildson who will remain in an advisory role through the transition. Cajade is an experienced industrial sector human resources leader w...
    US paints-maker PPG appoints CEO Tim Knavish as chairman
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that its board of directors has elected PPG President and CEO Tim Knavis as chair of the company’s board of directors and CEO, effective October 1, according to a press release dated September 26. Knavish succeeds Michael McGarry, who served as chairman and CEO from 2016 to 2022, and is retiring as executive chairman, also effective October 1. Knavish joined PPG in 1987 at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh,...
    US automotive parts retailer AutoZone appoints new COO
    US-based retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories AutoZone has announced that Tom Newbern, currently executive vice president of Operations, Sales and Technology, has been promoted to COO, according to a press release dated September 18. Additionally, Jamere Jackson, current CFO and executive vice president of Finance and Store Development, has been promoted as CFO where he will continue to lead the Finance and Store Development teams, according to the release, which added tha...
    BorgWarner’s spin-off Phinia appoints new VP and general manager of Aftermarket for EMEA
    Phinia, the spin-off company of the Fuel Systems and Aftermarket segments of Michigan, US-based powertrain technologies supplier BorgWarner, announced the appointment of Juan Thomaz to the role of vice president and general manager of Aftermarket in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, according to a press release dated September 7. Thomaz will be tasked with continuing to drive growth in the market for the Delphi, Delco Remy and Hartridge brands. The company said Thomaz takes...
    Continental Tires appoints new head of research and development
    Continental Tires has announced that Edwin Goudswaard took charge of the company’s research and development (R&D) activities on September 1, according to a press release dated September 19. He succeeds Boris Mergell, who took over as head of the User Experience business area at Continental Automotive, also on September 1, the release added. Continental said that to make the production, use and recycling of tires more environmentally friendly, it is investing in the R&...
    Hella appoints Stefanie Rheker as new member of the board
    The shareholder committee of Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA announced that it has appointed Stefanie Rheker as a new member of the management board, according to a press release dated September 11. Rheker will assume responsibility for the automotive supplier's global Human Resources management and will take up her role in the second quarter of 2024 at the latest, the company said. Human Resources is currently managed at management board level by Michel Favre in addition to his role as CEO. R...
    German aftermarket supplier Meyle announces top management change
    Meyle, a Hamburg, Germany-based replacement parts manufacturer for the independent aftermarket has announced that after more than 28 years at the helm, majority shareholder Karl Gaertner is stepping down from the Meyle AG Executive Board effective September 1, according to a press release dated September 7. Gaertner is handing over the reins to board members Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen who are now managing the company together. Gaertner will remain chairperson of the executive board of t...
    Automotive coatings firm Xpel appoints John North to its Board
    Xpel Inc., a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive products, including automotive surface and paint protection, ceramic coatings, headlight protection and automotive window films, has announced the appointment of John North to its Board of Directors effective immediately, according to a press release dated 29 August. North is said to have a deep knowledge of the automotive industry with proven experience in global retail operations, finance, acquisitions and integrations. He currently s...
    Continental appoints Manja Greimeier as new head of Tires Group Sector
    Manja Greimeier has been appointed as the new head of Original Equipment (OE) for Continental’s Tires Group sector, effective August 1. She will be tasked with the company’s global OE business for passenger and commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated August 30. David O’Donnell, who previously held the position, is now responsible for the global research and development activities for the manufacturer’s passenger car tire replacement business. Greimeier brings to the...
    Blink Charging appoints Aric Ohana as president of Blink Mobility
    Blink Charging Co., a global manufacturer, owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle charging equipment and services, announced that effective August 25, it has appointed Aric Ohana as president of Blink Mobility, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blink Charging, according to a press release dated September 5. Ohana will join Blink’s executive team in this effort as well as overseeing Blink Mobility’s day-to-day strategic operations, managing a team of highly qualified professionals ded...
    US-based Advance Auto Parts appoints Shane O’Kelly as president and CEO
    Advance Auto Parts, an automotive aftermarket parts distributor in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, announced that its board of directors has appointed Shane O’Kelly as president and CEO, effective September 11. O’Kelly will succeed Tom Greco, who has served as president and CEO since April 2016. Greco announced his planned retirement in February 2023 and will stay on as an advisor to ensure a seamless transition. The company announced th...
    US-based REV Group appoints new independent board member
    US-based REV Group, a designer and manufacturer of specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services, has announced the appointment of Maureen O’Connell as an independent member of its board of directors, effective August 25, according to a press release dated August 30. She succeeds Justin Fish, who has resigned after seven years serving as a board director. O’Connell will also sit on the nomination and governance committee. In addition to REV Group, O’Connell currently is ...
    US-based filtration solutions firm Premium Guard appoints vice president of Operations
    Premium Guard Inc. (PGI), a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive filtration solutions, has announced the appointment of Jason Hensley as its vice president of Operations, according to a press release dated August 29. Hensley joins PGI after nearly 30 years of experience overseeing distribution efforts and operations across various organizations in management and supply chain-focused leadership roles. As senior director of Supply Chain Operations at GXO Logistics, he oversaw six distrib...
    US-based IAC Group appoints Kevin Baird as CEO
    International Automotive Components Group (IAC), a US-based full-service global automotive supplier of powertrain-agnostic interior components and solutions, has announced the appointment of Kevin Baird as its new CEO, according to a press release dated August 15. IAC is privately held and a portfolio company of Gamut Capital Management with over 18,000 employees and operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Its main product lines include: Door-trim panels, overhead systems, floor console...
    Clarios appoints Helmut Zodl as new CFO
    Clarios, a US-based supplier of energy storage solutions to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket, has announced that Helmut Zodl will join the company's leadership team as CFO effective September 1, according to a press release dated August 21. Prior to joining Clarios, Zodl served as CFO at GE Healthcare. In this role, he successfully led the spin-off of the company from its parent, listing GE Healthcare on the Nasdaq. Before GE Healthcare, he worked in China as Group CFO for...
    US car-care solutions provider Ziebart appoints director of US Retail Operations
    Ziebart International Corp., a US-based provider of detailing, films and structural-protection services, announced the promotion of Thomas Bowler to director of US Retail Operations, according to a press release dated August 17. The company said it is focusing on continued development of its leadership team to maintain sales success at its corporate-owned stores. Bowler first started at Ziebart in 2016 as a product sales and technical support specialist. He most recently served as regional sa...
    US-based Valvoline announces CEO succession plan
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has announced that Sam Mitchell is retiring as CEO and a member of the board of directors, effective September 30. Mitchell will be succeeded by Lori Flees, current president of Retail Services, as the company's CEO, according to a press release dated August 9, which added that Flees will also join the company's board. Flees has served as president of Valvoline Retail Services for the past year. In this role, she has led th...
    Japan’s KYB announces retirement of its vice president Hajime Sato
    KYB Corp., a Japan-based company engaged in the manufacture and sale of hydraulic equipment and hydraulic shock absorbers, announced the retirement of its vice president Hajime Sato, according to a press release dated August 8. In his latest position with the company, Sato joined the board of directors for KYB Corp. in 2022 and assumed the role of a vice president. He joined KYB in 1981 and was based in Europe between 1992 and 2001 as sales manager, where he made strong relationships with man...
    Auto Care Association appoints director of Government Affairs
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated July 24 that it has appointed Jennifer Keaton as its new director of Government Affairs. Keaton will work within a four-person department advocating on behalf of the automotive aftermarket with federal and state legislators as well as relevant regulatory agencies. The association said her role is critical in ensuring the management of st...
    Austria’s Anyline appoints first chairperson of the board
    Anyline, an Austria-based firm involved in mobile data capture and data insights, announced that it has appointed Petra Preining as its first chairperson of the board, according to a press release dated August 8. “Anyline is at an exciting stage in its development with an established customer-base and singular focus providing value to automotive aftermarket businesses. I am honored to lead the board of such an innovative Austrian technology company that is making a global impact with its mo...
    BorgWarner’s spin-off Phinia launches as independent entity
    Phinia, the spin-off company of the Fuel Systems and Aftermarket segments of Michigan-based powertrain technologies supplier BorgWarner, announced that it has begun trading July 5 as an independent company on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “PHIN”, according to a press release dated July 5. This follows the completion of its spin-off from BorgWarner July 3, which created a leading Fuel Systems and Aftermarket business, with brands including Delphi, Delco Remy and Har...
    PartsiD CEO Lev Peker appointed to Faraday Future's board of directors
    Faraday Future Intelligent Electric, a California-based global shared intelligent electric-mobility ecosystem company, has announced that the board of directors of the company unanimously appointed Lev Peker as a member of the board and as a member and the chair of the audit committee of the board, according to a press release dated August 4. Peker is currently the CEO of PartsiD, a leading digital-commerce platform for the automotive aftermarket. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Ca...
    Goodyear announces new directors and strategic review
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has announced enhancements to its board of directors in connection with a cooperation agreement with Elliott Investment Management. As part of the move, three experienced business leaders, mutually agreed-upon between Goodyear and Elliott, will join the board effective immediately, according to a press release dated July 25. The business leaders are Joseph Hinrichs, president and CEO of CSX Corp.; Max Mitchell, president and CEO of Crane ...
    Automotive-coatings maker Axalta appoints new CFO
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems announced that Carl Anderson has been appointed senior vice president and CFO, effective August 14, according to a press release dated July 20. Anderson will succeed Sean Lannon, who will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Anderson is a seasoned financial executive with decades of corporate strategy and financial leadership experience in the global industrial and automotive sectors. He joins Axalta fr...
    PPG appoints Xiaobing Nie as president, PPG Asia-Pacific
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that Xiaobing Nie, vice president of Industrial Coatings, China, and Global Consumer Products, will become president, PPG Asia-Pacific, effective August 1, according to a press release dated July 24. Nie will continue to maintain her current responsibilities within PPG’s Industrial Coatings business in addition to her new role, and she will remain based in Shanghai. She will report directly to Kevin Braun, sen...
    Mann+Hummel appoints head for service centers
    German components supplier and filtration expert Mann+Hummel announced that it has appointed Nicole Schuler as its new group vice president of Integrated Business Services, according to a press release dated July 11. Schuler will be responsible for the Mann+Hummel Group's internal service centers in the Czech Republic, India and China. She reports to Emese Weissenbacher, executive vice president and CFO, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Significance: Before joining Mann+Humme...
    JLR appoints Adrian Mardell as CEO
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced the appointment of Adrian Mardell as its CEO, according to a press release dated July 20. Mardell was appointed interim CEO Nov. 16, 2022, having been CFO and a member of the JLR board of directors for three years prior. The carmaker also announced the appointment of Richard Molyneux as CFO. Molyneux was appointed acting CFO Dec. 12, 2022, following six years as finance director of Operations at JLR, the release added. Significance: “I offe...
    MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers promotes team members
    MEMA, a North American vehicle suppliers association for vehicle suppliers, parts manufacturers and remanufacturers, announced that it has promoted three members of the Membership and Sales team, according to a press release dated June 29. Steve Horaney has been promoted to senior vice president, Membership and Sales; he previously served as vice president, Membership and Sales. His promotion expands his responsibilities to driving membership for the light vehicle and now commercial vehi...
    MEMA elevates Danielle Kaspar to director of Programs & Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket
    Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, announced that it has recently promoted Danielle Kaspar to director of Programs & Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket, according to a press release dated July 12. Kaspar has been tasked with expanding the scope and membership of the Mobility Technology Council (MTC) and Business Technology Council (BTC). She is leading the effort to d...
    US-based accessory and tinting franchise Tint World appoints COO
    US-based auto accessory and window-tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, announced that it has appointed Mike Lopez as its COO, according to a press release dated July 17. In his new role, Lopez is responsible for the company’s operations teams and systems, with a focus on franchisee experience, growth, business operations and training. Lopez brings more than a decade of leadership and executive experience in the food and beverage and automotive franchising industri...
    Valvoline appoints Patrick Pacious to its board of directors
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has announced the appointment of Patrick Pacious as an independent director to the company's board of directors, effective July 11, as part of the board's ongoing refreshment process, according to a press release dated July 12. Since 2017, Pacious has served as president and CEO of Choice Hotels International Inc., one of the largest lodging franchisors in the world, with more than 7,400 hotels. Before assuming this role, h...
    Ams Osram appoints Rainer Irle as CFO
    German lighting major Ams Osram has announced that Rainer Irle, who was named as CFO in March 2023, has started in his role at the company, according to a press release dated July 3. Before joining Ams Osram, Rainer held the position of CFO at Siltronic AG, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hyperpure silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry. A veteran of the semiconductor industry, he held various finance executive management roles within Siltronic and Wacker Chemie AG and wa...
    GKN automotive announces three executive team appointments
    GKN Automotive, the global leader in drive systems, announced three appointments to its executive team following the demerger of GKN Automotive from Melrose PLC into Dowlais Group PLC, in a press release July 11. Nic Zerbst joins GKN Automotive as COO, a new role created when the company established two new functional arms — Operations and Engineering. Zerbst steps in for Markus Bannert who was interim COO. He brings over 28 years of experience in international, automotive and operatio...
    Supervisory Board Extends Executive Board Appointment of ContiTech Chief Philip Nelles
    At its meeting this week, the Supervisory Board of Continental AG extended the appointment of Executive Board member Philip Nelles (49) by five years until May 31, 2029. Nelles was first appointed to the company’s Executive Board for a three-year term in June 2021 and has since been responsible for the ContiTech group sector. “Since taking up his role, Philip Nelles has repositioned the ContiTech group sector for the future by strategically focusing on the industrial business and consolid...
    UK-based Ring Automotive elevates Andy Gratton to managing director
    Ring Automotive, a UK-based supplier of vehicle lighting, auto electrics, workshop tools and auto accessories, announced that it has elevated Andy Gratton, who is currently Ring’s Financial Director, to the post of Managing Director, according to a release dated 5 July. Andy takes over the UK subsidiary of ams OSRAM from Theresa Spencer, who leaves the company at the end of August 2023 to pursue a new challenge outside the automotive aftermarket. In the three years Andy has been with the...
    Aftermarket parts supplier WAI Europe gets a new president
    Aftermarket parts supplier, WAI Global, announced that it has appointed current UK managing director Richard Welland as president of WAI Europe, overseeing all European operations, according to a press release dated June 26. The news comes as WAI’s UK and European operations further align under one umbrella, as WAI Europe. With Welland’s successful track record as head of the UK business, he brings a wealth of automotive and business knowledge, experience and a strategic mindset to t...
    Sensata Technologies expands its board of directors
    Sensata Technologies, a US-based supplier of sensors and sensor-equipped solutions to the automotive industry, announced that it has appointed Jugal Vijayvargiya to serve as a director on Sensata’s board of directors, according to a press release dated June 22. Vijayvargiya brings over three decades of experience to Sensata’s board of directors. Since 2017, he has served as president and CEO of Materion Corp., a global player in advanced materials solutions for high-pe...
    US aftermarket retailer AutoZone names new CEO
    US-based retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories AutoZone has announced that Bill Rhodes will relinquish his position as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective January 2024 and become Executive Chairman of the Board, according to a press release dated 26 June. The company has selected Philip Daniele, who has spent 29 years at AutoZone and is currently the Executive Vice President Merchandising, Marketing and Supply Chain, to succeed Rhodes as CEO. Rhodes has be...
    Audi names Gernot Döllner as new CEO
    German carmaker Audi has announced that Gernot Döllner will take over from Markus Duesmann as the company’s chairman, effective September 1, according to a press release dated June 29. Döllner joined Volkswagen as a Ph.D. candidate in 1993 and subsequently served in a number of management roles at Porsche AG, including as head of Concept Development and head of the Panamera Series. Since 2021, he has overseen the Volkswagen Group’s Product and Group Strategy and the General Secreta...
    US-based Charge Enterprises expands board of directors
    Charge Enterprises, a US-based electrical, broadband and EV charging infrastructure company that provides clients with end-to-end project management services, announced that it has appointed Jacky Wu as an independent director, effective June 16, 2023. Wu’s appointment expands the Board to 10 members, 6 of whom are independent directors.  Wu is currently the executive vice president and CFO of DigitalBridge Group, Inc., a global digital infrastructure investment firm. Prior to that, Wu...
    PPG appoints new vice president for Global Automotive Coatings
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced the appointment of Alisha Bellezza as vice president, Global Automotive Coatings, effective July 17, according to a press release dated June 26. Bellezza, who will report to Kevin Braun, PPG senior vice president of Industrial Coatings segment, succeeds Vincent Robin, who has announced his intent to retire, effective July 31. Bellezza will support the company’s focus on improving sustainability for automotive ...
    Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association appoints senior manager of Regulatory Policy
    Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, announced that it has appointed Emily Sobel as the new senior manager of Regulatory Policy, according to a press release dated June 9. Sobel will be based out of MEMA’s Washington, DC, office and will work under Alex Boesenberg, vice president of Regulatory Affairs. Significance: In her new role, Sobel will represent the association before feder...
    US-based simulation-software provider Ansys appoints vice president of Human Resources
    Ansys, a US-based provider of engineering-simulation software and services, has named Kathleen Weslock as its vice president of Human Resources, according to a press release dated June 26. Prior to joining Ansys, Weslock served as the chief people and culture officer at Pep Boys during the US automotive aftermarket service-chain's transformation to increase technology adoption in its legacy business. Weslock is an industry veteran with decades of experience in Human Resources, Labor Relations...
    Vehicle-inspection systems provider UVeye appoints vice president
    UVeye, a US and Israel-based company offering vehicle-inspection systems based on AI, computer-vision and machine-learning, has announced the appointment of Rick Bryant, formerly executive vice president of Sales for Volvo Cars US, as the company's executive vice president for strategic partnerships, according to a press release dated June 13. The company’s inspection systems are used for automotive tires, exteriors and underbody components, and as a new system for checking vehicle interiors. ...
    Hella Gutmann UK strengthens its team
    Hella Gutmann, the workshop equipment division of global original equipment (OE) supplier Hella, has announced the strengthening of its UK team, according to a press release by UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated June 12. “We’ve enhanced the Hella Gutmann team as the time is right to grasp a real opportunity to adapt to what the market needs right now, and perhaps more importantly, what it needs moving forward,” said Hella Sales &...
    Nissan Motor COO Ashwani Gupta to resign
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor has announced that Ashwani Gupta, representative executive officer and COO, has elected to leave the company to pursue other opportunities effective June 27, according to a press release dated June 16.  Gupta will also retire from the board of directors at the end of the annual general meeting of shareholders to be held June 27, the release added.  Significance: Serving as Nissan’s COO since December 2019, Gupta has been instrumental in the d...
    Hella elevates Adnan Cemal as managing director of Hella Gutmann Solutions
    German automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, announced that Adnan Cemal will become the new managing director of its workshop specialist arm, Hella Gutmann Solutions, with effect from July 1, according to a press release dated June 19. He succeeds Rolf Kunold, who has been heading Hella Gutmann since January 2018 and will leave the company at his own request on June 30, 2023, the release added. "We are delighted to appoint Adnan Cemal, an executi...
    Canadian battery-materials firm Electra appoints new CFO
    Canada-based Electra Battery Materials Corp. (Electra) has announced that Craig Cunningham will resign from his position as CFO on June 30 and Peter Park, a senior member of the company’s finance team, will assume the responsibilities of CFO effective July 2023, according to a press release dated June 9. Park has more than 20 years of progressive experience across a number of senior finance and accounting roles, bringing extensive experience leading high-growth organizations to scale t...
    US-based Epicor appoints chief product and technology officer
    Epicor, a US-based provider of industry-specific enterprise software, announced that Vaibhav Vohra has been appointed as its chief product and technology officer, according to a press release dated June 12. With this move, the Product Development and Product Management teams will be unified under Vohra’s leadership, further enabling Epicor to deliver customer-centric Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions and continued innovation through AI, automation and design, the release added. ...
    Henrik Fagrenius appointed as president and CEO of Ctek
    Swedish battery-management company Ctek announced that it has appointed Henrik Fagrenius as the new president and CEO, according to a press release dated June 13. Fagrenius will assume his role on September 1 and succeed acting president and CEO Ola Carlsson, who will continue in his position as a board member in the company. Significance: Fagrenius recently held the position of president Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Dometic Group AB. He has previously been president and CEO of...
    Blink Charging elevates Miko de Haan to president of Blink Europe and Emerging Markets
    Blink Charging, a global manufacturer, owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle charging equipment and services, has announced the appointment of Miko de Haan as president of Blink Europe and Emerging Markets, according to a press release dated June 1. His appointment is effective May 19, 2023, and he will continue to be based out of Blink’s European headquarters in Amsterdam. The company said de Haan has more than 13 years of experience in EV charging, EV infrastruct...
    BorgWarner names chairman for its new Fuel Systems and Aftermarket entity Phinia
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies, BorgWarner, has announced that Rohan Weerasinghe is expected to serve as non-executive chairman of Phinia, the spin-off company of its Fuel Systems and Aftermarket segments, according to a press release dated June 7. Weerasinghe retired from Citigroup Inc. in December 2021, where he served as general counsel from 2012. Prior to this, he served as the senior partner for the law firm of Shearman & Sterling, the release add...
    Mercedes-Benz appoints head of its charging network in North America
    Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG has announced the appointment of Andrew Cornelia as president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, its subsidiary responsible for the development and operation of the company’s high-power charging network in North America, according to a press release dated May 31. The company also announced the appointment of Christopher Trainor as CFO of Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, with both appointments effective June 2023. In their new roles, Cornelia and Trainor...
    Volvo Car Canada appoints Andrew Parravano as Director of Sales
    Volvo Car Canada Ltd has announced the appointment of Andrew Parravano as Director of Sales effective June 2023, according to a press release dated June 1. Volvo Car Canada provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology, and training support to the 38 Volvo automobile retailers across Canada. Prior to taking up the role, Parravano served as Director of Customer Service for the Volvo brand in Canada – a position he has held since 2020. He will now take the lead on all sales related in...
    Society of the Irish Motor Industry appoints new president
    The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), the official voice of the motor industry in Ireland, announced that it has elected Paddy Magee as its president, according to a press release dated May 29. Magee is the Country Operations director of Renault Ireland, based at their headquarters in Dublin. He is responsible for the Renault and Dacia brands in Ireland, and a network of 33 dealerships around the country. He has worked in the motor industry for 25 years, of which 20 years have ...
    US-based aftermarket light supplier RIGID Industries appoints new president
    RIGID Industries, a US-based firm supplying high-performance LED lighting for off-road racing professionals and enthusiasts, has announced that automotive aftermarket executive Mitch Williams has joined the company as its new president, according to a press release dated May 2. According to the company, Williams joins RIGID Industries with a proven track record of driving growth and building high-performing teams over a nearly 40-year career. Most of his experience comes from holding leadersh...
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