Champion Auto Systems Acquires Webasto’s Entire Hollandia 700 Sunroof Line
Champion Auto Systems has announced that the tooling and equipment to produce the Hollandia 700 (H700) family of sunroofs is on the way to the United States. According to Bill North, president Champion Auto Systems, Webasto has been entirely supportive so that all of the H700 product attributes and quality will properly transfer. Champion will have the H700 on display at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in booth #52215 in the West Hall. North emphasized that power sunroof upgrades are becoming more important because with limited new- and used-vehicle inventory available, it is better and easier to add desired options, such as a power sunroof from a professional installer locally. As consumers own vehicles for a longer period of time, upgrading the interior fresh air and natural light provided by a power sunroof has an enhanced long-term benefit.
Walter Moore Joins Stertil-Koni as Marketing Manager
Stertil-Koni has announced that Walter Moore has joined the company as a marketing manager, based in the company’s North American headquarters location in Stevensville, Maryland. In his new post, Moore brings more than seven years of marketing experience to Stertil-Koni, including a focus in content creation, digital media, drone photography, graphic design and social media. Most recently, he worked for a society of accounting and tax professionals as its marketing expert.
VP Racing Fuels Announces Promotions
VP Racing Fuels has announced Karen Madden has been promoted to COO. Most recently vice president of branded retail, Madden will assume responsibility for VP’s three manufacturing, warehousing and shipping facilities in Texas and Tennessee. Assuming the role of vice president of branded retail is Ben Dolan, most recently VP’s vice president of marketing.
In addition, Bruce Hendel has been promoted to senior vice president of global sales. In his career of nearly 30 years at VP, Hendel has held several leadership roles, including director of sales, consumer products and Western regional manager. Most recently serving as the division manager of consumer products, Andy Deel has been named director of consumer products.
Richard Glady, meantime, has been promoted to director of sales for the lubricants division. He was previously sales manager for lubricants division.
Shaila-Ann Rao Named Interim F1 Executive Director, FIA Secretary General
The FIA has announced the departure of Peter Bayer, who served as secretary general for Motorsport since 2017 and as F1 executive director since 2021. He will initially be replaced on an interim basis by Shaila-Ann Rao, formerly Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff’s special advisor.
As well as fulfilling his role as F1 executive director, Bayer headed the FIA’s motorsport division, facilitating the current single-seater structure, creating the World Rally-Raid Championship, and working on safety and sustainability. Rao was the FIA legal director from 2016–2018 before joining Mercedes as general counsel and then special advisor to Wolff.
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