Continental appoints new leaders for replacement tire business

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Effective January 1, 2022, Continental has announced three new leaders for its passenger car and truck tire replacement business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions.

Having headed Continental’s replacement tire business in the APAC region since 2018, Ferdinand Hoyos will now manage the tire maker’s replacement tire business in the EMEA regions, succeeding Philipp von Hirschheydt. As a member of the tire board, Hoyos will continue to report to Christian Kötz, a member of the executive board of Continental, responsible for the tires business area.

Hoyos joined Continental in 2006 after starting his career as a consultant in strategy and corporate finance. He was head of the company’s M&A and corporate real estate management team for some time, and led the company’s replacement tire business in the Andina region (Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador).

At the start of 2022, Philipp von Hirschheydt will move to the tire manufacturer’s automotive group sector, where he will lead the new user experience business area. Before joining Continental in 2007, Hirschheydt held several positions in corporate finance and M&A in the banking sector. Since 2018 he has been responsible for Continental’s replacement tire business in the EMEA region.

Philipp von Hirschheydt

Dalibor Kalina will succeed Ferdinand Hoyos and become the new head of the replacement tire business in the APAC region on January 1, 2022. As a future member of the tire board, Kalina will also report directly to Christian Kötz. Since 2015, Kalina has been the head of Continental’s passenger car replacement tire business in China. Having begun his career at Slovakian tire manufacturer Matador, he has been with Continental since 2007. He has held management positions at Continental Barum (Czech Republic) in addition to his most recent position as the market head for Continental’s passenger car replacement tire business in China.

“In their previous positions, Philipp von Hirschheydt, Ferdinand Hoyos and Dalibor Kalina contributed greatly to our profitable growth,” said Kötz. “They drove forward the implementation of our Vision 2030 strategy program, which aims to consistently align the tires business area and all its activities in a customer-focused manner. On behalf of the entire tire board, I would like to thank them for their commitment and wish them every success in their respective new roles in the tires and automotive group sector.”

Dalibor Kalina

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