Fort Mill, SC., October 24, 2016 — Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (CTA) announced that John DeSalle has been named president of the newly acquired Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation (Hoosier), reporting directly to Dr. Jochen Etzel, chief executive officer of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC and Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation.
DeSalle began his career with Hoosier in 1989, developing radial race tire technology. Over the years, he took on more responsibilities, including managing all of Hoosier’s tire engineering, test labs and plant scheduling. In 2010, DeSalle was promoted to vice president of engineering and manufacturing and will continue in this role in addition to his new responsibilities as president of Hoosier.
“John has been with Hoosier for more than 20 years and brings extensive knowledge in the racing tire segment, an area of business that is new for Continental,” said Dr. Jochen Etzel, chief executive officer of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC and Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation. “In addition, John and his team at Hoosier are known for their technical product knowledge, quality manufacturing, outstanding service and consistent performance. I am confident John will lead the Hoosier racing tire business to further success and I look forward to working with John and the Hoosier team.”
Based in Lakeville Indiana, Hoosier supplies tires for most racing applications throughout the world, with an emphasis on high performance and quality. The company was acquired by the international technology company Continental earlier this month.
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 215,000 people in 55 countries.
Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC manufactures and distributes a complete premium line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Our ultra-high, performance tires include award-winning technologies that focus on safety, help save money, and reduce CO2 emissions. Continental’s premium products are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, and mass retail companies across North America. Continental Tire is a proud supporter of IMSA, Major League Soccer (MLS), College Basketball, West Coast Customs, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and Petty’s Garage. For more information visit, www.continentaltire.com.
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