Bilston, UK – MAHLE has appointed Jonathan Walker as General Manager Aftermarket Western Europe, in addition to his current role as General Manager Aftermarket UK & Ireland.
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Walker takes over from Georges Mourad, who at the same time will adopt a global position of Director of Operations worldwide both within the Aftermarket Business Unit.
Walker has over 25 years’ experience in the automotive industry, where he has spent a large period of that time with MAHLE. He was recruited to the Group’s aftermarket operation as General Manager Aftermarket UK & Ireland in 2013, playing a key role in expanding MAHLE’s replacement parts business in the UK and Ireland into new product sectors, including thermal engine management, air conditioning and diagnostics.
Prior to that, for seven years he worked at MAHLE Filter Systems UK in Telford, as head of design, quality and development engineering for air induction systems and filtration.
Walker said: “I’m looking forward to advance and develop all business opportunities throughout Western Europe including synergies, best practice, customer and product developments in line with our strategic objectives to work at the height of MAHLE's professional level of excellence.”
Olaf Henning, Corporate Executive Vice President and General Manager Aftermarket of MAHLE, said: “We would like to wish Jonathan good luck and every success in his new assignment. His contribution to MAHLE to date has been invaluable and we’re delighted that we’re able to further harness his level of experience and expertise for the benefit of the company and our aftermarket customers.”
As one of the 30 largest automotive suppliers and one of the top 3 systems providers, MAHLE supplies products that are used in every second vehicle around the world. Almost all vehicle and engine manufacturers work with MAHLE when dealing with piston systems, cylinder components, valve trains, air management, and fluid management systems.
The MAHLE Aftermarket division transfers this knowledge to its partners in retail, repair shops, and engine reconditioners, as well as into the corresponding products.
MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for the mobility of the future. The MAHLE Group is committed to making transportation more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and more comfortable by continuously optimising the combustion engine, driving forward the use of alternative fuels, and laying the foundation for the worldwide introduction of e-mobility. The group’s product portfolio addresses all the crucial issues relating to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—both for drives with combustion engines and for e-mobility. MAHLE products are fitted in at least every second vehicle worldwide. Components and systems from MAHLE are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, rail transport, as well as marine applications.
In 2017, the group generated sales of approximately EUR 12.8 billion with around 78,000 employees and is represented in more than 30 countries with 170 production locations. At 16 major research and development centers in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Spain, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, about 6,100 development engineers and technicians are working on innovative solutions for the mobility of the future.
About MAHLE Aftermarket
MAHLE Aftermarket, the business unit specializing in spare parts, uses the expertise from the series production of original equipment in its automotive aftermarket product range, and supplies trade, workshop, and engine repair partners. MAHLE Aftermarket is represented at 25 locations and other sales offices worldwide, with around 1,600 employees. In 2017, the business unit achieved a global sales volume of EUR 956 million.