Roger Stansbie, who has spent 51 years in the tire industry, is retiring from Continental Tire the Americas’ Commercial Vehicle Tire Business Unit. Stansbie, the current director of truck tire technologies for the Americas, will return to his native United Kingdom following his retirement, which is effective Aug. 31.

“Roger’s contributions to Continental, and to the greater tire industry, range far and wide. From leading the design teams for manufacturers throughout Europe, to heading the R&D team that is a vital part of our success for Continental truck tires in the Americas, his breadth of knowledge and experience has been a guiding force in tire engineering. We would like to thank him for his many years of service and wish him the best in his retirement,” said Paul Williams, CTA’s executive vice president, truck tires – the Americas.

Stansbie will be replaced by Libor Heger, a Czech Republic native and 13-year employee of Continental AG and its associated companies. Most recently, Heger has served as Continental’s head of brand management for truck tires, the Americas from the CTA headquarters in Fort Mill, SC.

 Heger led the re-launch of the General Tire brand truck tire products to the region. His new responsibilities will include overseeing the development of truck tire products and technologies to meet the needs of the Americas market.

Returning to the Fort Mill headquarters is Alex Chmiel, who has been on international assignment as head of global brand management for truck tires from Continental AG’s headquarters in Hannover, Germany. In this role he implemented global brand strategies for truck tires and led the global product and brand management teams. Chmiel, a 12-year veteran of truck tire sales and marketing at Continental, now assumes the role of CVT brand and communications manager. His responsibilities are to lead marketing communications and multibrand strategy for Continental, General Tire, Ameri*Steel, Euzkadi and Barum commercial vehicle tires in the Americas.