Brian Joss –
Continental Tyre South Africa announced the appointment of Shaun Uys (45) as its new managing director (MD). Currently head of Marketing and Sales Replacement Tyres South Africa and Sub Sahara, Uys will succeed Dieter Horni from August 1.
After six years in South Africa, Horni will be returning to Hanover in Germany to head the Business Development portfolio for the Middle East and African region. “South Africa is a beautiful country, which has welcomed me and my family and I believe that this could be one of the wealthiest countries given the right political landscape,” believes Horni. “To take the economy forward, business and government will have to find a way to co-exist in this complex environment.” Always a strong contender for business in Nelson Mandela Bay and South Africa, Horni is optimistic about the future of CTSA and believes that Uys has what it takes to traverse this landscape and expand the company’s vision.
While serving as Sales and Marketing Manager, Uys set into motion CTSA’s expansion into Sub Saharan Africa and Africa as part of the Continental Tyre’s long term growth strategy known as Vision 2025. “While our headquarters and manufacturing operations remain in South Africa, I believe that Africa holds enormous potential. To show our confidence and belief in this market, we have established a legal entity in Ghana and plan on establishing another in East Africa by 2020,” said Uys.
Uys joined Continental in 2000 as a Production Manager at the Port Elizabeth plant. Uys was appointed as Project Manager to implement a tyre retail organisation for the Conti Trade division before taking up the role of General Manager, Sales and Marketing in 2012