Pylon Appoints New President

Pylon Appoints New President

As President, Fretwell will lead the strategy and execution of Pylon's business development and growth.

Pylon Manufacturing, an industry leader in mobility solutions in the automotive aftermarket, has announced the appointment of Michael Fretwell to president. Fretwell assumed the role on March 1.  

“Mike brings a track record of industry accomplishment and deep expertise to his new role as president,” said Gary Cohen, CEO of Qualitor Inc., Pylon’s parent company. “He will be an invaluable asset in driving our mission to be the preferred branded global market leader of vehicle visibility solutions.” 

Fretwell brings more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing and product development. He previously served as chief marketing officer at Pylon, where he drove the expansion of retailers and led the company’s launch of several new products and initiatives, including the first-ever BFGoodrich Off Road Wiper Blades and real-time fitment solution. 

As President, Fretwell will lead the strategy and execution of Pylon’s business development and growth while building upon the company’s tradition of more than 50 years of consistent quality. 

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead our Pylon team as we continue our focus of bringing technologically advanced products from concept to retail shelves,” Fretwell said.  

Before his time at Pylon, Fretwell assumed roles of varying responsibilities at Nabisco and Newell Brands/Jarden Consumer Solutions. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in political science and is a U.S. Army veteran.   

For more information about Pylon, visit www.pylonhq.com.        

You May Also Like

Clarios Names New Group VP and GM, Original Equipment

Federico Morales-Zimmermann joins Clarios from BorgWarner, where he served in two VP roles.

Clarios, a global provider of advanced, low-voltage transportation batteries, has appointed Federico Morales-Zimmermann as group vice president and general manager, Original Equipment, leading global OEM customers, products, engineering and technology teams.

Morales-Zimmermann joins Clarios from BorgWarner, where he served as both vice president, product engineering and vice president, global sales and business development for the fuel systems business unit. In this dual role, he had responsibility for leading more than 1,600 engineers across global tech centers, while also managing $2.3 billion in sales revenue. In 2020, Morales-Zimmermann was a key player in the acquisition and integration of Delphi Technologies. Prior to BorgWarner, he worked in numerous senior positions at Vertiv, Continental and Siemens. 

Edelbrock’s Smitty Smith Passes Away

According to a blog post from Edelbrock, Smitty worked for the company for 30 years and had been using its products for 50.

Navistar Names Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

Tobias Glitterstam will be the steward for strategy implementation and he will accelerate sustainability efforts.

FullSpeed Automotive Names VP of Ops for Grease Monkey Brand

Brian Michel steps into this leadership role having worked for FullSpeed for 10 years.

NuVinAir Promotes Marty Schoenthaler to President

Schoenthaler joined NuVinAir from Tate Boys Tire & Service in 2021.

Other Posts

MEMA Names John Chalifoux Chief Sustainability Officer

Chalifoux will also serve as chief operating officer of the MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers membership group.

NEXUS Automotive International Creates Ecommerce Business Unit

Robbie Stevens named head of Ecommerce Business Unit.

Velocity Modern Classics Names Chief Revenue Officer

Tom Maxwell joins the company with over seven years of experience in the custom vehicle space.

MEMA Names New DEI Head, Renews DEI Focus

April Buford will help provide a roadmap to assist members in engaging in their own DEI journey.