Category: Products


Accuride shakes up sales and marketing division

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Accuride Corporation announced today that it has realigned its sales and marketing organization in an effort to better support the needs of its global customers following its recent acquisition of KIC LLC.

According to Accuride, the new organizational structure and assignments strengthen the geographic coverage of the company’s sales team and assigns sales leaders to direct customer relationship and business growth in the OEM, Trailer, Aftermarket and Military business segments.

Accuride has promoted Chad Monroe to senior vice-president of sales & marketing and business development. In his new role, Monroe will be reporting directly to Accuride president and CEO Rick Dauch. Monroe is responsible for all corporate sales and marketing activities in the global Truck and Trailer OEM and Aftermarket segments. He will work closely with the Accuride Executive Leadership team to support the continued expansion of Accuride’s Wheels, Gunite and KIC businesses. Monroe served as v.p. of OEM sales and business development for Accuride since 2014. He joined Accuride in May 2006 from the Ford Motor Company and earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Brigham Young University.

“Accuride has re-shaped our Sales & Marketing team to better serve our global customers and support the strategic expansion of our business,” Dauch said. “This new structure – which benefits from the addition of veteran KIC sales personnel – broadens our regional coverage to increase customer contact and service worldwide. We have also appointed dedicated Sales leaders to grow our business in the principal industry segments and sales channels we serve. These improvements reflect our response to conversations with customers, input from our Distributor Advisory Council and our commitment to deepen relationships with customers on a global basis.”

The following are the leaders of Accuride’s integrated Sales & Marketing team reporting directly to Chad Monroe:

Dan McGivney is promoted to vice-president, OEM sales, truck, and is responsible for all Truck OEM accounts on a global basis. Reporting to McGivney in this role, among others, is George Anderson, director, OEM Sales, who is responsible for the Daimler and Volvo/Mack accounts.

Neil McIrvin is appointed vice-president, OEM sales, trailer and municipal. Previously vice-president of sales for KIC, McIrvin is responsible for the growth of Accuride’s Trailer, Axle & Suspension and Municipal accounts globally.

Drew Hofley continues as vice-president, regional and aftermarket sales, with responsibility for leading Accuride’s North American Regional Sales team and Aftermarket segment focus. Reporting directly to Hofley as leaders of the expanded Regional Sales team are, among others:
· Mike Palladino, who is promoted to director, sales, Eastern region.
· John Mays, who is promoted to director, sales, Central region.
· Scott Neill, director, sales, Western region.

In addition, Barbara Coleman, formerly a member of the KIC Sales team, has been promoted to director, national accounts and buying groups. In her new role, Coleman will report directly to Hofley.

Thomas Ruedl, director, European sales, is responsible for managing Accuride’s regional OEM and Aftermarket accounts in Europe.

Dick Unrath is appointed director, passenger car and other OEM sales with responsibility for Accuride’s automotive and specialty vehicle OEM accounts.

Jim McManus is appointed national sales director, MMC technology and military, and has responsibility for growing sales of Accuride technologies with a range of military OEM and aftermarket customers.

Separately, Jayne Orr is appointed director, product management, wheels, reporting to Accuride Wheels president Scott Hazlett, and will also maintain specific aftermarket and fleet account responsibilities. Orr previously was director, sales, Eastern region.


Yokohama names new senior director of supply chain and logistics

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) announced today that Rick Alonzo has joined the company as senior director of supply chain and logistics.

In his new role, Alonzo will report to Yokohama COO Jeff Barna.

Rick Alonzo

“Rick brings more than 20 years’ experience in supply chain management, logistics and procurement and is well-versed in leading large multi-site distribution centers,” Barna said. “He’ll definitely be a major asset for us.”

Alonzo joins Yokohama from Roche Diagnostics, where he was a director of global supply chain management. At Roche, he supported a complex FDA regulated instrument and reagent manufacturing operation and distribution channel. Prior to that, Alonzo worked for the Renault-Nissan Alliance Group as a regional manager responsible for supply chain procurement across the Americas. He also led Nissan’s North America JIT automotive manufacturing and aftermarket parts transportation and distribution networks. Alonzo also held positions at Life Technologies, AmeriCold Logistics, and Avery Dennison.

Alonzo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Redlands, California.


Federal government has role to play in facilitating autonomous vehicles: Garneau

MONTREAL, Que. – Canada is on the brink of an automotive revolution, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the introduction of the automobile.

That was the opinion of Marc Garneau, Canada’s transportation minister, when speaking this morning at Michelin’s Movin’ On conference on mobility and sustainability. Garneau pointed out that in 1908, not everyone was happy about the arrival of cars in this country. In fact, in P.E.I., cars were initially banned, and eventually allowed to operate on only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The ban was partially lifted in 1913, and prohibition there was fully lifted in 1919. But opponents to the automobile were fearful of the noise, smoke, and collisions cars brought.

Garneau said similar fear today over autonomous vehicles must be overcome. In the early 1900s, government played a role in facilitating automobiles.

“Roads had to be paved, parking spaces created, traffic laws enacted and drivers educated to take more care,” Garneau said of those early days. “The automobile brought us an unprecedented degree of freedom, comfort and convenience.”

Likewise, government must now play a role in accommodating autonomous vehicles.

“We are going to see smart vehicles on smart roads in smart cities,” Garneau said. “We are going to see seamlessly integrated multimodal systems with traffic flow management systems to optimize efficiency.”

Garneau acknowledged, “Realistically, these new vehicles will bring new challenges, including some we can’t even see clearly right now. For example, how will we manage the transition from non-automated to fully-automated vehicles when both types of cars are on the roads? It will be as confusing as the time when horse-drawn carriages and early automobiles competed for the right of way.”

Garneau said autonomous vehicles will have to be able to respond to unforeseen circumstances, such as cargo falling on the road or wildlife on the highway.

“What is government’s role in all this?” Garneau queried. “It is our duty to have a modern and efficient road system which will safety integrate novel technologies.”

To this end, Garneau said the feds have already presented a strategic plan for the future of transportation, dubbed Transport 2030. It is also tasking Transport Canada with updating regulations and infrastructure to accommodate autonomous vehicles and new transport technologies.

The government has also invested $1.26 billion into a five-year strategic innovation fund.

“Connected and automated vehicles will have many benefits besides convenience,” he said. “Most accidents are caused by human error, so in theory, if you reduce the human factor, you will reduce the number of accidents and as minister of transport, this concerns me greatly. It will also improve efficiency and environmental performance, and has the promise of reducing congestion and therefore pollution.”

Among these emerging technologies Garneau touched on, was truck platooning, which he said has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 14%.

“That’s important when you consider almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are produced by the transportation sector and most of those emissions come from cars and trucks,” he said.

Garneau also said the federal government, along with its provincial and territorial counterparts, will do more to promote the use of zero emissions vehicles.

“Putting more zero emissions vehicles on our roads is essential in our drive towards the decarbonization of transportation and clean roads future,” he said, noting today only one in 200 cars bought is emissions-free, largely because they’re more expensive.

“A national zero emissions vehicle strategy is an essential element of our decarbonization of transportation,” he said.