FORT MILL, S.C. – August 25, 2020. Continental, one of the largest automotive technology suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, today announces the appointment of two new leaders for the Truck Tires business in the Americas region. The Truck Tires segment comprises medium/heavy commercial tires, especially truck and bus radial tires. Renato Sarzano becomes head of the Truck Tires business for the Americas, and Shaun Uys takes leadership of the fleet-focused Key Account Management organization in the U.S.
Sarzano joined Continental Tires Brazil in 1998, most recently serving as head of the Tires business in the Mercosur market region, made up of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. He succeeds Paul Williams, who moves to a position in the company headquarters in Germany.
“I am pleased to take the leadership of the Truck Tire business for the Americas,” said Sarzano. “We have many opportunities to focus on synergy and efficient growth. We continue to focus our attention on our customers, putting them at the center of everything we do.”
As part of this customer-centric approach, Continental has introduced a new structure for its North American truck tire sales team to effectively focus on diverse customers and channels. The Key Account Management team, headed by Shaun Uys, bundles all activities related to strategic fleet and original equipment business. Uys joined Continental Tyre South Africa in 2000, most recently serving as their managing director.
“I am glad to be back in the U.S. and look forward to developing relationships with our key fleet and OE partners here,” said Uys. “Continental is committed to providing the technology of the future and an agile approach to meet the needs of our OE partners, and delivering the lowest overall driving cost for our fleets. We want to exceed expectations as a solutions provider.”
Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management to deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost to fleets and become the preferred partner to our independent tire dealers. Continental is currently one of the five largest brands in medium/heavy truck tires in the U.S. by market share.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2019, Continental generated sales of €44.5 billion and currently employs more than 230,000 people in 59 countries and markets.
Continental Tires has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tire manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted sales of €11.7 billion in 2019 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special vehicles, as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in research & development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Tires business area includes services for the tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.
Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial transport safer, more efficient and more connected. The company’s products and services deliver measurable impact for commercial vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. They benefit from a broad portfolio and from fully integrated systems. The portfolio includes tires, digital tire monitoring, fleet management, telematic solutions, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and tachographs, hoses, air springs, Electronic Control Units (ECU), displays, drivetrain and exhaust aftertreatment systems, sensors, advanced driving assistance systems, as well as eHorizon maps and events and cloud-based services. In 2017, the share of Continental’s global sales for commercial vehicle products and systems was around €4.7 billion.