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BKT Announces Leadership Transition In US and Canada 

The new team plays an essential role in BKT’s strategic plans. It provides continuity, experience and drive to ensure BKT’s continued growth.


Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), Indian multinational Group and a global player in the Off-Highway tire market, has announced today a leadership transition, effective Aug. 1 that leverages the breadth and depth of the company’s existing talent to promote continued growth. 


BKT has promoted Douglas C. Kershaw to president and Chris Rhoades to vice president, Off the Road (OTR) Business of BKT USA. In order to further strengthen the team, Alan Eskow, (vice president of BKT Canada), is appointed as vice president, Agri-Industrial Business of BKT USA, additionally he will continue to manage OEM sales in Canada. 

Minoo Mehta will continue to guide the U.S. team as a senior advisor and member of the Managing Committee. 

Furthermore, Shrikant Gadge is assigned additional responsibility as manager, sales, and marketing for BKT Tires in Canada. 

These appointments reflect BKT’s approach to leadership development and strategic planning to ensure the company has the best conditions for continued growth and success.


“Both Douglas Kershaw and Chris Rhoades are an invaluable part of BKT and have been actively expanding BKT’s presence in key sectors in the USA, such as construction and mining. Alan’s appointment to the USA team will accelerate our efforts in the agriculture business. Under the guidance of Minoo Mehta, I am confident that this team’s leadership will continue to do an incredible job” said Arvind Poddar, chairman and managing director, Balkrishna Industries Ltd. “I’m positive that Shrikant Gadge’s addition to the talented Canada team will further strengthen our market.” 

Commenting on the transition, Poddar concluded, “BKT deeply believes in ‘Growing Together’ and nurturing our talent. It is our DNA to anchor growth opportunities for our employees and enable them to contribute toward organizational goals to their fullest potential. BKT is people’s brand.”



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