HIALEAH, Fla. — Sentury Tire USA has hired industry veteran David Klekamp for the newly created position of tire technical director.
According to Sentury, Klekamp will be responsible for developing product strategy in the U.S., implementing test methods, coordinating quality efforts, overseeing consumer feedback and managing tire warranty programs.
Klekamp has spent 36 years in the industry, including senior positions at Goodyear, Group Michelin, Ford Motor Co., Kumho and Maxxis. His experience includes work in tire manufacturing plants, quality fields and project management, especially in design and development.
He will report to Maxwell Wee, executive vice president of Sentury Tire USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Qingdao Sentury Tire Co., Ltd.
"Filling the role of technical tire director goes hand-in-hand with our core values and shows our ongoing dedication to furthering the value of the Sentury Tire brand," Wee said. "David is an important asset to our team and has already brought his unique qualities and niche experience to the company. He has also been working closely with our marketing team in communicating key product information to our distributors and to the end consumers."
Klekamp, with experience in compound formulation and tire design, has an engineering degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.