October's changing faces

Out with the old suits and in with the new across the industry

Published:  12 October, 2012

THERE have been a number of appointments in the world of automotive paint this month. The aptly-named Ken Rust will join Sherwin-Williams in a department responsible for primers and zinc coatings, while David Gravenor will assume responsibility for specialist technical training. Meanwhile, HMG Paints has announced that its MD, John Falder has been appointed as the new Chairman of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Industrial Coatings Council.

In vehicle parts, Teresa Curran has joined Valeo UK as a product manager. Her job will entail managing the company's engine cooling and climate control product lines, having gained a variety of experience through previous product management roles.

Leaving the business this month, The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) have announced the resignation of Graham Threlfall as Head of the National Association of Bodyshops (NAB).

Commenting on the announcement, Threlfall said "I have very much enjoyed my time as Head of NAB and having played a lead role in the launch of NAB as an independent association under the RMI umbrella."

Meanwhile, Derrick Lawton has announced that he will be standing down as CEO from the end of October 2012. Lawton has been at the helm of A1 Motor Stores for the last twenty five years. As of yet, no successor has been announced.

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