Yokohama Tire Announces Organizational Changes

Yokohama Tire Announces Organizational Changes

Three executives have been promoted to new positions.

Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) announced three organizational changes within the company. The following executives have been promoted to new positions:

Fardad Niknam has been promoted from senior director of consumer product planning and product marketing to vice president of OE Sales. Niknam joined YTC in 2014 and has had responsibility for product marketing, including product planning and motorsports for the past five years. According to Jeff Barna, YTC president and CEO, Niknam “will be responsible for guiding OE sales in the U.S. and establishing forward-looking strategies that are linked to YTC’s overall business goals in his new role.”

Ray Polentz has been promoted from senior director of supply chain and logistics to vice president of supply chain and logistics. “Ray has led this team for the past year under unprecedented circumstances and never before seen challenges as the global supply chain continues its march toward recovery in a post-pandemic world,” said Barna. 

Pavan Desaneni has been promoted from vice president of information technology (IT) to chief information officer (CIO). “Pavan has led our digital transformation efforts and will continue to do so as Information Technology and the related systems become increasingly important to our business,” said Barna.

You May Also Like

Brake Manufacturers Council Appoints New Chair

Brendan Morris, currently the vice president of sales at GRI Engineering, will succeed John Bennett, managing director at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Detroit, Inc.

Brake Manufacturers Council Appoints New Chair

MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers announced the appointment of Brendan Morris as the new Chair of the Brake Manufacturers Council. Morris, currently the vice president of sales at GRI Engineering, a MAT Holdings company, will succeed John Bennett, managing director at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Detroit, Inc.

Morris's appointment is effective immediately, and he will preside over his first BMC meeting this coming November during AAPEX.

Clarios Announces Additions, Promotions Within its Aftermarket Team 

Iain McDaniels is promoted to vice president, aftermarket and market development, for U.S. and Canada.

ACC-Board-Now-Accepting-Nominations
SKF Group Announces Leadership Transition

Philipp Herlein, head of the global vehicle aftermarket division, has been appointed managing director of the global SKF lubrication & MPT division, effective October 1.

SKF Group Announces Leadership Transition
Andrew Grose Named Vice President of Grote Networks

With a background in engineering and strategy, Grose will lead the newly formed Grote Networks Business Division.

Andrew Grose Named Vice President of Grote Networks
Coolidge Appointed to Amotiv Board

David Coolidge BA, MBA, MSA was named a non-executive director of the Company, effective June 25.

David Coolidge
Other Posts
Cruickshank Elected CAWA’s Secretary to the Board of Directors

At the CAWA June Leadership & Educational Forum, Brian Cruickshank of Schwartz Advisors was elected the 2025 Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Northwood University Taps Inaugural Professor of Automotive Strategy 

David Ovethal is Northwood’s first-ever Subaru of New England Professor of Automotive Strategy.

Tint World Strengthens Executive Team

Experienced industry executives J.R. Stocks and Kurt Hurley have joined the company.

Tint-World-Executives
AESC Appoints CEO for US and Europe

Knudt Flor will also serve as global head of quality, reporting to CEO Shoichi Matsumoto.

Knudt-Flor_AESC