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ZF Aftermarket brand growth drives North American sales team expansion

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 09:00
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ZF Aftermarket has announced the appointment of two newly created sales roles. This news will ensure that the market can further benefit from access to ZF Aftermarket’s leading brand portfolio. Richard Odom will assume the role of Regional Manager for the South and be based in Montgomery, AL. He will also manage and nurture the relationships with Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Automotive Distribution Network and National Pronto Association groups. Matthew McCoy will take on the position of Regional Manager for the West, and be based in San Diego, CA.  Both appointments will report to Mark Thorpe, ZF Aftermarket, Director of Sales, United States and Canada and are effective immediately. 

“Our aftermarket business in North America is growing rapidly. To ensure we are well placed to meet the ever changing needs of our expanding customer base and growing product portfolio, we are further building on our experienced and successful team,” said Mark Thorpe, Director of Sales.

“Our two new team members have been carefully chosen for their ability to best support the business and our customers. Each brings to the table a wealth of skills, and experience and we wish them all the best in their new roles.” 

With more than 35 years industry experience, Richard Odom joins the ZF Aftermarket team from his last position as Program Group and Retail Business Development Manager at MAHLE; a business he had worked at for 26 years.

As Regional Manager for the South, Odom is tasked with maintaining current relationships and introducing existing and new customers to the many benefits of ZF Aftermarket’s leading brand portfolio. He will also be responsible for nurturing the growing relationships with central buying groups: Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance; Automotive Distribution Network and National Pronto Association. Odom will relocate from Farmington Hills, MI to Montgomery, AL to take up the post.

Also joining the team is Matthew McCoy based in San Diego, CA.  As Regional Manager for the West, McCoy will work closely with distributors and sales representatives to ensure continued sales growth. With experience gained across the fields of customer service, sales and marketing, McCoy joins ZF Aftermarket from his most recent sales position with Pacific Marketing.

“I am confident that Richard and Matthew will be valuable additions to our North American team,” added Thorpe. “Their combined industry experience, knowledge and skill set of how to manage the different customer sectors, as well as familiarity with our global business, aftermarket portfolio and customer base will prove invaluable as we continue the ZF Aftermarket success story across North America.”

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ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of around 137,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2016, ZF achieved sales of approximately €35 billion (preliminary figures). ZF annually invests about six percent of its sales in research & development - ensuring continued success through the design and engineering of innovative technologies. ZF is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. With its technologies, the company is striving for Vision Zero – a world of mobility without accidents and emissions. With its broad portfolio, ZF is advancing mobility and services in the automobile, truck and industrial technology sectors.

The division Aftermarket of ZF Group guarantees the performance and efficiency of vehicles throughout their life cycle, with integrated solutions and the entire ZF product portfolio. Its combination of established product brands, digital innovations, customized products and services, and a worldwide service network has made ZF a sought-after partner and number two in the global automotive aftermarket.

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