People news January 2017 06 February 2017

Thomas Hemmerich is to be the next managing director of MAN Truck & Bus UK, taking over from Simon Elliott on 1 February (2017).

Hemmerich is currently managing director of MAN’s Austrian business and has worked for the organisation since 2003, including as chief executive of the German operation and regional head of sales for Africa.

Meanwhile, MAN has appointed Mark Lennox its new sales executive in Northern Ireland, covering Counties Tyrone, Antrim and Londonderry. Lennox comes from the automotive sector,

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles technician Harry Garraway has won a gold medal at the UK Skills Show and become the youngest qualified master technician within VW.

The 20-year-old joined the Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre, Bristol, in 2013 and completed his apprentice programme at the end of 2015. He became a qualified technician in March 2016, and has now achieved the highest technical level in the Van Centre network – master technician.

On the way to achieving master technician status, Garraway was named apprentice of the year within VW Commercial Vehicles and was VW Group apprentice of the year. He was also one of five apprentices shortlisted for the IMI’s outstanding achievers award 2016.

ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) has selected DAF Trucks president Preston Feight as 2017 chairman for its commercial vehicle board.

He takes over from Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of Volvo Group.

“Our industry’s top priorities this year will be continuing the drive to reduce CO2 emissions from road freight transport, further improving safety, and deploying the latest smart mobility technologies,” states Feight.

“2017 will be a challenging and busy year, with a lot in the legislative pipeline for the commercial vehicle sector.”

Michelin Solutions UK commercial director Paul Davey and sales manager Richard Dale have expanded their roles beyond the UK and Ireland to include support for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Mobility Networks, which specialises in wheelchair accessible vehicle equipment, has appointed Wayne Harmer group managing director.

Harmer has held senior management positions in manufacturing and engineering, most notably operating in the UK, Brazil and Austria for Palfinger Ratcliff (now Palfinger Tail Lifts).

Vehicle management services firm FleetEurope has appointed Jon Allamby as its new fleet operations manager.

Prior to joining FleetEurope, Allamby spent more than 12 years in Zenith, in roles including client services team leader, fleet services manager and a consultative position as business improvement manager.

Michelin has promoted Jonathan Layton to national sales manager for fleet across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

He assumes the role after more than 15 years at the company, having moved up from his original position as key account manager in the car fleet sector, to sales manager for Ireland; then regional sales manager for the truck tyre division, before three years as sales manager for the agricultural division.

Patrick Golding has been appointed group purchasing manager at tipper bodies manufacturer Thompsons.

Golding, who previously held a senior position at Kent-based Scarab Sweepers, says he will streamline the group’s purchasing processes, looking for economies of scale across the Thompsons and Charlton product lines.

Robert Friedmann has been appointed to ZF Friedrichshafen’s supervisory board, moving from chairman of the central managing board of fastening materials specialist Würth Group. He takes over from former CEO Hans-Georg Härter, who resigned in August 2016.

Friedmann started at Würth Group in 1992, rising to the central managing board in 2004 before becoming chairman in 2005.

Brian Tinham

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