GRI has announced the appointment of Michael Connor as director of sales for its U.S. operations. A seasoned professional with in-depth experience in specialty tires, Connor will oversee the sales, marketing, operations and customer service efforts in North America, covering its material handling, agriculture and construction product portfolios. The appointment comes as GRI steps up its efforts and its resource portfolio to significantly ramp up capacity building and aggressively capture greater potential in the market.
“We are delighted to have Michael on board to head our operations in the US,” said Prabhash Subasinghe, managing director, GRI. “The US is a significant market for us, and Michael joins us at a time when we are at a crucial inflection point in our 20-year business to pivot the company into a new trajectory of growth. With his greater than three decade long experience in the specialty tire sector, he will play a vital role in our endeavors to provide best in class services to our customers, and drive GRI’s ambition to become a leading player in the US market”.
Connor is credited with handling some of the USA’s finest brands in the specialty tire market. He has worked in various capacities in multiple companies during his long and distinguished career in the industry. Notably, Connor has held key positions such as president and CEO Global Tire Supply, LLC, director of original equipment sales GPX International, Inc., and, director of OE BKT Tire America. Immediately prior to GRI, Connor was working in the capacity of regional operations manager at McCarthy Tire Company.