Hankook Tyre UK Announce New Appointments


Hankook Tyre UK has announced two major new appointments, with Andy Hodkin taking on the company's Regional Sales Manager, North East role and James Young becoming the new National Accounts Manager.

Hankook Tyre UK Announces Two Major

Hankook UK has announced two major positions within the UK to replace James Spilsbury and David Block. James Spilsbury worked for Hankook as the North East Regional Sales Manager for 9 years, before retiring in July this year. Likewise, David Block, who also retired in July 2021 will be replaced by James Young in the position of National Accounts Manager.

Andy Hodkin has clocked up 27 years in the industrial tyre business and has built up extensive knowledge and several existing relationships. Of his appointment, Andy said, “It’s an amazing opportunity for me to be able to join Hankook, a global tyre manufacturer that has a worldwide presence. I am excited to be working with a great team and look forward to adding further value to the Hankook brand. I am grateful for the time I’ve had with John during our handover period and thank him for the way he has supported me during my integration into Hankook.”

Spilsbury also commented on his successor saying, “I’ve spent my entire career in the tyre industry, so it’s now time to hand over to Andy. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the past nine years at Hankook, working with a small but very successful team and having watched the company as a whole grow from strength to strength. Having worked closely with Andy over the past few weeks I’m confident he will continue to build upon existing relationships, as well as using his experience and knowledge to further expand Hankook’s presence in the North East. I would like to wish everyone at Hankook Tyre every success for the future and thank everyone for their friendship and support, to make the job so enjoyable.”

James Young also has prior experience in the industry and has been working at Hankook Tyre UK since 2018. He started as Retail Development Manager and will continue to collaborate with customers to provide the most up to date product and industry training while helping to expand Hankook’s UK tyre portfolio.

UK Managing Director, Chang-Yool Han said of the latest appointments, “Both of our new appointments demonstrate Hankook’s ambitious growth plans here in the UK. James has been at the forefront of Hankook’s retail development since 2018, offering a consistent and highly distinctive brand experience to retail depots. In his new role, James will be responsible for supporting the ongoing development of Hankook’s National key accounts and will also focus on a wide range of routes to market including the UK’s car dealership networks. We are also delighted to welcome Andy to Hankook. Andy’s extensive industry experience, professionalism and highly motivated work ethic shall, without doubt, witness him become a major asset to the team.”

About the author

Adrian, located in Madrid, is joining the editorial team as a correspondent for the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group. Before starting in 2020 for Commercial Tyre Business, Adrian graduated with an English degree before working within marketing and recruitment in the non-profit sector. Recently he changed direction, undertaking a course in Marketing and International Business as a means towards moving into the journalism field, which he counts as his lifelong ambition.

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