“Kenda has provided me with a great opportunity to use what I have learned over my 30 years in the tire industry to help move them forward,” Mr. Williams said in a Kenda press release.
“I look forward to the personal satisfaction I will get from seeing the company grow. The Kenda office in Taiwan has welcomed me to the team and has been very interested in discussing the new ideas and plans," he said.
“Top management is very enthused about the entire process, which makes my job much easier. It is very rare in this industry to be brought in on an expansion project that has this broad of a scope.”
Before joining Hankook in 1992, Mr. Williams was a senior engineer at General Tire & Rubber Co. for two years and an engineer at Bridgestone Americas for six years, where he worked in tire dynamics with both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co.
Taipei, Taiwan-based Kenda is considered the world's 30th largest tire maker, with slightly more than $1 billion in sales in 2012. Kenda has had a U.S. base of operations in Reynoldsburg, near Columbus, since 1962.