KYB Europe Aftermarket has today announced changes in the structure of high-level management. These changes follow the appointment of new Vice President Tetsunosuke Nagasawa, joining after a highly successful period being responsible for KYB Russia.
“The new structure allows us to be a much more flexible, dynamic organisation” explains Nagasawa, “replacing the old geographical structure is in line with the European Aftermarket as a whole, which has developed and grown across country borders. Our structure must also reflect that.”
Juan Carlos Diez, formerly Director South, now assumes the position of European Sales Director. Diez has worked at KYB since 2002, this new role will see him responsible for the overall sales activities in Europe. “The consolidation of the European Aftermarket has seen our customers develop into large, multinational companies and international trading groups” says Diez, “the new structure allows KYB European Aftermarket to deal with this new level of customer by operating with a similar, multinational focus. All the while, our nine branches and their General Managers will report directly to me, ensuring we never lose any attention at a country level and keep improving our support to all customers”.
Also reporting to Diez, the new roles of Business Development Director and Key Account Director. These roles will be taken by Radoslaw Palka, formerly Director East, and Andrew Marpole, formerly Director North, respectively. Palka has been with KYB since 1999, his new role sees him tasked with developing relationships in new markets and with new customers, something he has great experience with, after developing KYB Europe’s Eastern region to the position of market leader. Marpole has been with the company since 2003, his new role gives him the responsibility of managing and supervising the key customers of KYB Europe Aftermarket, helping to develop sales and marketing strategies across Europe and ensuring there is a clear overall strategy for these key customers followed in each of KYB’s nine branches.
Finally, Chris Flood, formerly UK Operations Manager, will take the role of European Logistics Manager. Flood has managed the highly successful UK warehouse for over 10 years and is tasked with replicating the same success across KYB’s five European warehouses.
“I am pleased as the new structure not only allows us to improve our ability to operate on both a European, and a local level, but also moves some high performing staff into areas of the business that are extremely suited to their talents” explains Nagasawa, “re-organising our staff means we can start improving from today, no need for any introductions or time to settle in. The new structure will see huge improvements to our customer support and logistics, further enhancing KYB’s reputation in the European Aftermarket”.