HI-TECH Australian automotive wheel producer Carbon Revolution has introduced the appointment of worldwide trade government Adrian Smith to the newly created place of gross sales and enterprise growth director.
Charged with spearheading Carbon Revolution’s progress in Europe, British-born Mr Smith has spent the previous 4 years as vice-president of the worldwide high-performance division of Tier 1 automotive provider Akebono Brake Company, based mostly in Detroit within the US the place the corporate is positioned as the most important OEM brake supplier in North America.
On this position he created, developed and applied a world technique for Akebono’s Excessive Efficiency enterprise unit and, with accountability for program administration, design and product growth, achieved vital progress in each North America and Europe.
Mr Smith had joined Akebono in September 2013 to ascertain and drive progress of a North American efficiency braking enterprise unit, beginning as chief engineer of high-performance and electrical braking however quickly promoted to normal supervisor after which vice-president.
He was beforehand vice-president and enterprise director for brake methods at Brembo North America, a place he held for some three years after earlier serving for a couple of 12 months as vice-president of gross sales, advertising and marketing, engineering and logistics.
He additionally had a stint for nearly two years as normal supervisor of Brembo’s North American enterprise, overseeing the OEM, aftermarket, racing and high-performance divisions, whereas earlier in his profession (2000-2004) he labored on the Italian braking large’s headquarters in Curno, close to Milan, as technical director.
On this latter place, Mr Smith was liable for a workers of 240 engineers and core engineering actions protecting venture administration, design, prototyping and product growth for Brembo’s whole product vary.
In between the Brembo jobs in Europe and the US, Mr Smith spent two-and-a-half years (from late 2004 to mid-2007) as vice-president and normal supervisor of Prodrive Automotive Expertise’s North American enterprise the place he was liable for the Michigan-based automobile engineering enterprise in addition to the California-based efficiency elements and equipment division.
In asserting Mr Smith’s new appointment, which is efficient instantly, Carbon Revolution chief government Jake Dingle stated: “During the last three years we have now secured vital strategic automobile applications in Europe with Ferrari and Renault and have a number of extra potential applications within the pipeline.
“This appointment displays our perception that there are vital market alternatives for Carbon Revolution’s merchandise globally and notably in Europe.
“Having a gross sales and enterprise growth government with Adrian’s expertise will place Carbon Revolution nicely for additional gross sales progress.
“That is an thrilling time to be a part of the Carbon Revolution story. I welcome Adrian to the group and sit up for his contribution in the direction of rising our enterprise.”
Mr Smith arrives simply weeks after Gerard Buckle began work as Carbon Revolution’s new chief monetary officer, changing Bryce Houghton who was within the place for about 18 months.
Mr Buckle has beforehand held senior administration positions with a variety of corporations, together with Incitec Pivot, Ernst and Younger, Bonlac Meals, Orica and Repco.
As GoAuto has reported, former GM Holden chairman and managing director Mark Bernhard got here out of “retirement” earlier this 12 months to change into a non-executive director of Carbon Revolution.
He arrived quickly after Holden’s former director of car operations Martin Merry was appointed plant supervisor at Carbon Revolution’s manufacturing unit in Waurn Ponds.