SINGAPORE — International tire distributor Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has hired former Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. executive Phillip Caris to be executive director of its U.S. businesses, effective immediately.
Mr. Caris — who retired from Cooper in 2015 after a 32-year career — will be responsible for Omni United's U.S. operations, which include private brand tire and wholesale tire distribution activities.
"In the coming years we are looking to build a multi-brand global distribution business, and we will be aggressive in acquiring more companies both in and outside the U.S.," said GS Sareen, founder and CEO of Singapore-based Omni United.
"I am sure Phil's wealth of experience and knowledge will play a pivotal role in strategically growing the U.S. business;…his joining us is a great endorsement to our business vision and strategy."
Mr. Caris said he is looking "forward to working with a highly driven, passionate and aggressive team at Omni" and is looking forward to contributing to Omni's growth story.
Omni United said Mr. Caris' appointment will play a pivotal role in growing the firm's distribution business while also catering to the interests of its existing distribution customers. His key areas of focus will include acquiring new companies and consolidating Omni's U.S. businesses.