After 15 years at the helm, David Smith has now confirmed his retirement, with Tarik Görgün to lead the UK and Irish markets from 1 March 2022.
Tarik Görgün Ready to Bring 16 Years of Experience to New Challenge
With David Smith confirming his retirement, his role will now go to Tarik Görgün, currently Head of OE Tyres Japan and Global Key Account Manager for Honda and Subaru. Over his 16 years working in the industry, Görgün started at Continental in Research & Development before trying new roles in the Original Equipment sector. Having worked in Malaysia and Thailand previously, Görgün has a realm of international experience in the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions to bring to the role.
For David Smith, he has spent nearly two decades with the tyre manufacturer. During his tenure as Managing Director for Continental Tyres Group, the company has achieved significant growth, with David’s leadership being integral in the successful integration of both Bandvulc and R&J Strang into the business. He has also supported the reintroduction of Continental’s agricultural tyres into the market over the last few years, which is enabling the company to meet its growth ambitions for the sector.
Speaking on his time at Continental, David Smith said: “Continental is a fantastic company, and it has been a privilege to lead the UK and Irish business over the last 15 years. I have been humbled by the talent and commitment of our people, and their passion for creating a truly customer-driven company. I am immensely proud to be part of the 150 years of success Continental has achieved and the enormous progress we have made over the years.
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tarik on his new appointment and look forward to working with him on his transition to the role. Tarik inherits an exceptional team, and I have every confidence that with his leadership, Continental Tyre Group is well-positioned to continue to prosper long into the future.”
Commenting on his new role, Tarik stated: “It is a huge honour to be appointed Managing Director for the Continental Tyre Group. I’m eager to build on David’s success and lead the team into an exciting new chapter. Meeting with our valued customers and working closely with our expert teams in the UK and Ireland is what I look forward to the most as a start my new position. I’d like to extend my gratitude to David for his remarkable leadership and wish him a long and happy retirement.”