ZF Services UK welcomes new Managing Director
Experienced Manager, Chris Adcock announced as Managing Director of ZF Services UK
Chris will look to realise ZF Services’ ambitions to accelerate growth and identify new opportunities for expansion
Predecessor Graham Truckel is retiring on 30th June 2016
As from 1st July, Chris Adcock will take up the reins as new Managing Director of ZF Services UK. The experienced industry expert will accelerate growth and identify new opportunities for the UK market. His predecessor Graham Truckel, who up to the present day has been instrumental in shaping ZF Services UK, is passing on the baton to Chris and retiring from active working life.
Chris joins the UK organisation after more than 20 years’ experience working for ZF Services, five years of which were spent in Australia as Managing Director of ZF Services Australia, where, as part of the Asia Pacific Leadership Team, he was responsible for developing the Australasian business and market development including China, South Korea, India and South East Asia. Chris’ experience overseas has provided him with a unique understanding of foreign markets, including the variance in business culture, geographical challenges and distribution and supply processes.
Drawing on his new role, Chris explained: “It’s a real honour to be heading up the organisation in the UK. The company is in a fantastic position thanks to great leadership over its 40 year tenure in the UK, and I will look to continue this work and identify new opportunities for growth in the years to come. I look forward to driving business growth and ensuring always the best service for our British customers.”
As well as ensuring a seamless transition, Chris will look to align markets and customers and identify new opportunities for expansion. His focus will also be on emerging technologies looking to support new product development and exploring ways to further enhance how ZF Services UK interacts with customers, while continuously improving the highly regarded and respected service the industry is accustomed to.
Current Managing Director, Graham Truckel, will be leaving the organisation on 30th June. As well as playing an integral role in the evolution of ZF Services UK over the years, Graham has been responsible for overseeing a series of changes, including handling the merger of two parts of the organisation – the sales and services division (formerly ZF Great Britain) and the aftermarket sales business (ZF Trading UK) in 2011.
Commenting on his successor’s expertise, Graham Truckel added: “Chris’ experience working for ZF Services over the years and his knowledge of the local market perfectly places him to head up ZF Services UK.”
“ZF has developed significantly over the period of time I have been with the organisation and it is now recognised as the market leader in the sales, service and aftermarket support for driveline and chassis technology.” Looking back on his time with ZF Services UK, Graham added: “I’m proud of a number of key achievements over the years, not only the successful merger of the sales and service and aftermarket divisions, but also ZF being recognised as the principal transmission supplier for one of the UK’s most prestigious car manufacturers.”
Helmut Ernst, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ZF Services, added: “Through the appointment of Chris as Managing Director of ZF Services UK, the organisation has gained an adept successor for Graham. A respected manager, Chris has demonstrated a proven record of success in his previous position and has a proficient understanding of ZF Services and the individual needs of our customers, making him the right candidate for the role.”
For more information about ZF Services UK, please visit www.zf.com/uk
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