SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 37, September 15, 2011

Movers & Shakers: Petrillo Name Rostra Chairman, Hanighen Named CEO; Sype Leads Tenneco’s Rancho Product Development Team

Petrillo Name Rostra Chairman, Hanighen Named CEO
Rostra Precision Controls Inc. announced that Thomas P. Petrillo has moved to chairman of the board of Rostra and has named John Hanighen as his successor as CEO. According to Rostra, Hanighen brings more than 30 years of automotive aftermarket experience driving sales and marketing in the commercial markets. He joins Rostra from Genuine Parts Co. where he was vice president of commercial marketing with NAPA. “We are thrilled to have John take over at the helm of the Rostra leadership team, as his background and skill set fits very well with the company’s strategic direction,” said Petrillo. “He is a proven leader with broad aftermarket commercial experience and has a significant track record of successful acquisition integration as well as driving revenue growth. 

Michael Sype
Michael Sype was selected to lead Tenneco's Rancho product development team.

Michael Sype Lead Tenneco’s Rancho Product Development Team
Michael Sype has been assigned to lead Tenneco’s Rancho product development team. After serving in increasingly responsible engineering roles within Tenneco’s OE business, Sype joins the Rancho engineering team with a strong background in product development, program management and production. He also served as a senior ride development technician for projects conducted at the General Motors Milford Proving Grounds, Milford, Michigan. Sype will be based in Monroe, Michigan.

McCullough Public Relations Named PR Firm for DCM Manufacturing
McCullough Public Relations was selected the pubic relations firm of record for DCM Manufacturing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dreison International Inc. McCullough will coordinate all media relations for DCM’s key brands, including Maradyne High Performance Fans, Maradyne Mobile Products and Maradyne Marine Products. The agency is responsible for press release writing, feature story coordination, product placement, on-site trade show representation and organizing company media events.

Parrot Becomes Part of GENIVI Alliance
Parrot Inc. announced that it is an associate member of the GENIVI Alliance, a collection of companies from the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) value chain for the development and adoption of open IVI reference platforms. According to the company, it will provide expertise in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, telephony, multimedia and mobile Internet access to the GENIVI Alliance. Parrot’s involvement will contribute to the Alliance’s efforts in reducing the development time and costs of future open IVI platforms.

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. Launches Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announced that it has launched the company’s largest promotion ever, the Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes. Running through January 2, 2012, the 17-week Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes will award one winner a set of Toyo tires each week, while one person will win the Grand Prize—a custom '11 Dodge Durango. A registration form, official rules, contest odds and prize descriptions are available at www.toyotires.com/sweepstakes.

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