Continental has announced the appointment of Karel Kucera as the new managing director of their Middle East and Africa operations.
Kucera is a Continental veteran and his move to the corner office in Dubai will see him take responsibility for 19 markets across the region. This move comes on the back of the company opening another office in Saudi Arabia and the opening of a new logistics warehouse in Jebel Ali that will serve to cut delivery times to its dealers across the region.
Jon Ander Garcia, Continental Regional Manager Africa & Middle East, said “Karel has an exceptional track record with the company, with an in-depth knowledge of the business. His experience is second to none.” He continued, “The region has proven to be a key market for Continental since the establishment of the brand’s regional representation office in 2009. There is a great deal of potential in the Middle East and many opportunities for Karel to capitalise on and add to his previous achievements.”
Prior to his new Middle East role, Kucera served as the Regional Managing Director of ContiTrade Central & East, Northwest Europe, located in the company’s headquarters in the Czech Republic. During his time at Continental, Kucera has held several positions within the sales and marketing divisions, across both the Passenger & Light Truck Tyres (PLT) and Commercial Vehicles Tyres (CVT) Business Units.
Kucera added “It is such a privilege to be given this great opportunity to lead on one of the key global markets for Continental. We have a strong team and highly-qualified local partners in place with whom I look forward to working closely to further grow the Continental business in the region and promote what the company has to offer from premium tyres and mobility solutions.”
Kucera moves into the post held by Jose-Luis De La Fuente, who moves on to Mexico as managing director of the country’s operations.