DENVILLE, N.J. (Feb. 24, 2010) — Alliance Tire USA has named three veteran tire executives to its management team, including vice presidents of sales and a chief financial officer.
Todd Richardson has been named the tire marketer's CFO, along with Bob Arnold appointed vice president of aftermarket sales and Randy Gaetz named vice president of original equipment sales.
Manny Cicero, president of Alliance Tire USA, a subsidiary of Hadera, Israel-based Alliance Tire Co. (1992) Ltd., said the company is “building an outstanding team to serve our customers in the field. With the Alliance, Galaxy, Primex and Aeolus (brands) all under one roof, we have the broad product line that makes us one of the major players in the off-highway market.”
Trained as an accountant, Richardson signed on with Firestone's MBA training program and had a variety of financial roles over his 25 years at Bridgestone Americas, ultimately serving as comptroller of the Bridgestone Commercial Tire Group.
Arnold's career has spanned nearly every aspect of the tire business, from manufacturing to warehouse operations to sales, according to Alliance. He began his career on the factory floor as a tire builder and inspector for B.F. Goodrich while attending Kent State University. In 1999 he was named national sales manager for Galaxy Tire and Wheel. After the merger of Galaxy with Dynamic Tire Co., Arnold handled southern region sales out of the firm's Houston regional office, ultimately becoming vice president of sales for the aftermarket business of GPX International.
Gaetz joined Michelin North America Inc. as a territory rep from his native Boston base. He worked for the tire maker in the truck and earthmover tire markets across the U.S., and also served a two-year executive training stint in France. Gaetz had oversight of Michelin's national accounts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and also served as vice president, sales and marketing for Michelin's Tire Centers L.L.C. (TCI) unit before joining GPX as vice president for U.S. aftermarket sales.
In the aftermath of the bankruptcy last year of GPX International—and Alliance Tire Group's purchase in December of most of GPX's global distribution assets including the Galaxy and Primex brands and rights to the Aeolus truck tire brand—Alliance said the newest members of its executive team will oversee members from both the Alliance and GPX sales forces “to maintain a smooth flow of product and service to the field.”
“The fact that Alliance has a strong financial backing has already given our customers a more secure feeling,” Gaetz said in a prepared statement. “Alliance also brings new products that we didn't have in our GPX portfolio, while the GPX portfolio extends Alliance's product line significantly. We have a better story to tell to our customers as well as our potential customers today, and we're in a much better position to grow over the next five years.”