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Feature   March 1, 2000   by Auto Service World

Appointments (March 01, 2000)

Lou Bauldic, vice-president, Automotive, Robert Bosch Inc. has announced the promotion of Cameron Young from national marketing manager to the position of sales & marketing manager for Bosch Automotive Canada. Young’s new responsibilities will include aftermarket sales and directing the company’s aftermarket sales team.

Harvey Presement, director of sales and marketing at World Automotive Warehouse, has announced the appointment of Harvey Bond as territory manager, Southwestern Ontario & Niagara Peninsula regions. Bond comes to World Automotive with vast experience and knowledge of the aftermarket as a manufacturer’s representative and a counterperson. He has taken accredited courses in brakes, electrical, emissions, steering and suspension as well as other related and troubleshooting courses.

Leslie Lieb, CEO of G.K. Industries, has announced the appointment of Jerry Stevens as vice-president sales and marketing, North America. Stevens joined GK in 1999 as vice-president sales for Canada and has held similar positions in the aftermarket for 25 years.

Denis Charest, chairman of the board of Spectra Premium Industries Inc., announces several appointments to executive positions. Paul Neiderer has been appointed to the position of president and chief executive officer. The co-founder of Spectra Premium and executive vice-president since 1989, Neiderer is also one of the major shareholders. He has managed Spectra Premium’s operations for 10 years and has recently overseen several successful projects such as the acquisitions in Europe and the United States, and the development strategy in Europe. Jacques Mombleau has been promoted to the position of executive vice-president, having held the position of vice-president, finance since his arrival at Spectra Premium in 1993. In his new functions, he will ensure that objectives are achieved in each of the profit centers while maximizing the synergies between them. Denis Poirier has been promoted to the position of chief financial officer. Since early 1998, he has held the position of vice-president, acquisitions, tax and banking, and has been responsible for the realization of more than 10 acquisitions. Normand Thibodeau becomes vice-president, supply, having held the position of purchasing manager at the company. Rick Calagoure has been appointed vice-president, product development. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the automotive aftermarket as president of Rick’s Gas Tank Factory, which Spectra acquired in June 1998, he is the Spectra Premium manager with the greatest product knowledge and will be in charge of developing the copper & brass and aluminum radiators and condensers that Spectra Premium will introduce in the coming years. Richard J. Grenier, human resources manager since 1993 at Spectra Premium, becomes vice-president, human resources. All of these corporate vice-presidents, together with Kerry Best (president of the Heat Transfer Division), Michel Chartier (vice-president, sales and marketing), and Michel Bisaillon (vice-president, development of new products and special projects), will be under the joint responsibility of Paul Neiderer and Jacques Mombleau.

Spectra Premium also recently hired additional key personnel. Michel Charbonneau, formerly a vice-president at UAP, who will become corporate sales manager; Jim Ptak, who was part of Modine’s sales force for close to a decade, joins as national sales manager of the U.S. Distribution Division; Bill Schoefield, who has worked in the field of radiators for about 10 years, becomes aluminum project manager; and Pierre Johnson, who was responsible for warehouse and distribution management at UAP for over five years and who becomes logistics manager of the Heat Transfer Division.

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Want to help?

The Canadian Automotive Institute in Barrie, Ont., has three separate, regular co-op education components and it is looking for opportunities to place students with aftermarket companies.

These components are three months long and students are encouraged to use these opportunities to investigate different sectors of the automotive business, including the aftermarket.

Students at the institute come from all over Canada, so interested companies need not be located in the Barrie, Ont. area.

If your company would like to receive information about the CAI co-op program, please notify Mireille Schippers at AIA at (613) 728-5821 or e-mail her at

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