KOBE, Japan—After leading Sumitomo Rubber South Africa Ltd. for the last eight years, Riaz Haffejee will be replaced by Lubin Ozoux as chief executive officer and executive director, Japan-based parent company Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. said Dec. 1.
Sumitomo Rubber S.A. manufactures the Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tire brands on the continent of Africa.
According to the tire maker, Ozoux will take over the roles beginning Jan. 1. Currently group director of sales and marketing at SRSA, he started at SRSA in 2017 as director of exports in Africa and expanding the company's footprint on that continent.
Ozoux worked for the Hilti Corp. for 11 years in an international role, gleaning experience in sales, marketing, engineering and management.
Haffejee will remain with SRSA through January 2021 to assist with the leadership transition, according to the Board of of Directors of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.