People news January 2016 05 January 2016

SOE (Society of Operations Engineers – the home of IRTE) past president Chris Grime has been appointed as the organisation’s new international representative. Grime has been tasked with helping to build the society’s global presence, with a particular focus on Hong Kong, where membership has already seen significant growth through SOE’s Hong Kong Centre (SOEHK).

ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) has elected Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, as its president for 2016. Dr Zetsche takes the reins from Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault Group.

Michelin Tyre has appointed Stewart Pooley as UK original equipment country manager for truck and bus, following two years as sales manager for Michelin Solutions.

Mark Kitchener has been appointed fleet engineer for commercial vehicle fleet management specialist Prohire, having worked in service and fleet management for over 17 years, He reports to Prohire operations manager Mick Steele.

National equipment and crane hire firm Hewden has appointed Kumar Bhamidipati as marketing director, as part of a sales and marketing realignment designed to drive market growth. He brings more than 20 years of international experience with Hilti, Racold and Elco. Meanwhile, new sales managers include: Steve Smith, for industrial and infrastructure; Lucy Furnival, for construction; and Jeff Schofield, who now covers events.

Brian Tinham

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