Bridgestone's GCR Tires & Service names new Chief Operating Officer
GCR Tires & Service, a business of Bridgestone Americas providing commercial tyres and service, today announced Steve Hoeft will join the organisation as Chief Operating Officer.Read Now
Hoeft will be based in Nashville, Tennessee, and will lead the operations function of GCR, driving standardisation, process improvement and systems leadership across more than 200 GCR store locations in North America.
"Steve has extensive operational experience and expertise that make him well-suited for the GCR Chief Operating Officer role, and we are excited to welcome him to the team," said John Vasuta, President, GCR. "At GCR, we take great pride in being a trusted and proactive advisor to our customers, and Steve's leadership will ensure we are delivering a consistent, high-quality customer service experience across all of our store locations."
Hoeft joins Bridgestone from Execution Specialists Group (ESG), where he led consulting practice areas including strategy development and implementation, operations and sales resource alignment, supply chain management and inventory rationalisation. Prior to his time with ESG, Hoeft was senior Vice-President and General Manager of US operations and product development for Brinks. In that role, he was responsible for all US field operations, leading 7,000 teammates with a focus on customer satisfaction, revenue growth and quality of service.
Hoeft previously worked for Advance Auto Parts in roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice-President of Commercial Operations and Market Growth Strategy, Regional Vice-President of Operations and Vice-President of Sales and National Accounts.
Hoeft has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cleary University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
US BMW Group head Ludwig Willisch to retire, Kuhnt to take over
Following a successful 21-year career with the BMW Group, Willisch, Head of BMW Group Region Americas has announced he will retire from the company effective August 1, 2017.Read Now
In his Americas role, Willisch (pictured) has managed all sales, marketing and distribution activities from Canada to Argentina for the BMW Group, and up through March of this year he held the additional role of President and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC.
Since his arrival at BMW of North America in 2011, Ludwig has led the Americas Region to new levels of market growth and success, said Harald Krueger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG: "During his time with us at BMW, Ludwig has been responsible for the sale of well over 5 million vehicles!"
An avid amateur racer, 61-year old Ludwig's passion for competition influenced his leadership style and his motivating of others in their pursuit of success, as he said: "The success we have experienced and enjoyed over the last several years is because of the spirit, creativity, and willingness of the entire team here in the Americas. We – all of us working together – achieved the great results. The team spirit that held us together and moved us forward is what makes me most proud of the years I spent as your CEO."
"Now, I am very pleased to say that I am leaving you in good hands and I know you will give your great support to Bernhard [Kuhnt] and his team as we complete the transition."
The leadership transition at BMW Group Americas will be complete on August 1, when Kuhnt, 50, who is currently President and CEO of BMW of North America, assumes full responsibility as Head of BMW Group Region Americas. Kuhnt said he looks forward to building further on the success of the entire Americas Region working with the operating heads of the BMW Group sales subsidiaries in North, Central, and South America.
This news comes less than a week after we reported the retirement of head of global sales chief Ian Robertson, 59, who is to retire in 2018. He will be succeeded on January 1 by Pieter Nota, chief marketing officer at Dutch electronics and lighting company Philips.
Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel appointed Head of Supply Chain Management at FCA – North America
Gentry-Stuenkel now has responsibility for the critical volume planning and logistics functions in close coordination with the brand CEOs including Steve Beahm, who has moved to Maserati North America.Read Now
Gentry-Stuenkel had been director of inbound logistics, customs and auto transportation at FCA US since early 2016, where she was responsible for the shipment of parts across FCA plants in the US and Canada; she also oversaw FCA Transport, the carmaker's own trucking fleet that ships components to the OEM's plants in the Midwest. These responsibilities have been taken over by Marc Brazeau, who has been made head of logistics at FCA US, responsible for logistics operations across the North American region.
Gentry-Stuenkel is now also responsible for driving improvements in service levels, working capital efficiency and complexity reduction and optimising demand and supply to benefit balancing the needs and requirements of the individual brands.
Prior to her current role, she was director of inbound logistics and auto transportation, where she oversaw the shipment of parts to support the entire FCA US manufacturing footprint, and also oversaw FCA Transport, the FCA US-owned truck fleet.
Since joining the Company in 1998, Gentry-Stuenkel has held various positions spanning supply chain management, purchasing, and manufacturing.
Former head of GM purchasing Bo Andersson appointed new President of YAZAKI Europe
Bo I. Andersson was elected as the new President of YAZAKI Europe earlier this month, succeeding Dr. Horst Rudolph.Read Now
Andersson, born in 1955 in Falkenberg, Sweden, graduated from Stockholm and Harvard University in Business and Management.
In 1987, he started his career with SAAB Automotive AB as a Purchasing Manager before he was promoted to Purchasing Vice-President in 1990. In 1993, Andersson relocated to Detroit to join General Motors where he held various executive positions. From 2001 to 2009, he took over the position of Global Vice-President of Purchasing.
In 2009, Andersson joined the GAZ Group as its President and in 2013, he was appointed President of JSC AvtoVAZ, the largest Russian car manufacturer. Russia was a tough assignment for Andersson and he left AvtoVAZ in 2015, after the OEM recorded losses of $1 billion that year.
Since 2016, he has headed Bo Group Industries as an industry adviser for both global automotive and non-automotive organisations.