COPLEY, Ohio — For BKT USA Inc., the U.S. sales arm of India's Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), teamwork is paramount.
Doug Kershaw, vice president of BKT USA, was tapped late last year to succeed Minoo Mehta as president when Mehta retires this year.
So for the past six months the two have worked closely — talking first thing every morning, either virtually or face-to-face at BKT USA's Copley offices — to ensure that the transition is smooth and the organization is running seamlessly.
"I can't say enough about our working relationship. Honestly, it's the best one I've ever been part of," Kershaw told Tire Business during a recent interview at the company's offices.
Kershaw is expected to get a new title later this summer, part of a reorganization of BKT USA's executive team that includes the creation of two vice-president roles.
The strong relationship between Mehta and Kershaw ties into BKT USA's five-point value system that emphasizes integrity, commitment, entrepreneurship, teamwork and always striving for more excellence, Kershaw said.
"In other words, don't ever be satisfied with what you've achieved. Yes, celebrate it. There's no problem with celebrating, but … we should always look and say, 'Well, how could we do that better?'"