NOVI, Mich., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxion Wheels, a leading worldwide producer of aluminum and steel wheels, announced today that Bill Wardle has joined its team as Vice President – Global Sales & Marketing. In his new role, Bill Wardle will lead Maxion's global sales and marketing team, responsible for expanding the company's business throughout Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Africa and building key relationships with customers in the marketplace. Bill reports to Fred Bentley, Maxion Wheels CEO.
"As Maxion continues to grow globally, identifying and attracting the right leaders becomes even more important," said Bentley. "Bill is an 'A-player.' We were impressed by his demonstrated sales and marketing leadership and results in the automotive manufacturing industry, enriched by a global mindset. Bill has a track record of winning and building teams, and I know he will do that for us."
The search for Maxion's new Head of Global Sales & Marketing was conducted by retained executive search firm O'Neill Consulting Group, and led by Kevin R. O'Neill, founder and CEO. "We are pleased that Fred Bentley and Maxion entrusted us with this important assignment. We are confident that Bill will have an enormous positive impact on the company and its future growth," said O'Neill.
Bill has over 15 years' experience representing companies in the automotive industry within a variety of commercial roles including R&D and Program Management. Most recently, he was the Global Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Magna Exteriors, Interiors, and Seating. Prior to Magna, Bill served as Global Director of Program Management with Oxford Automotive, Vice President of Sales and Project Management for ISI Automation, and several engineering and leadership positions for Vauxhall Motors (General Motors Europe).
Bill earned a bachelor's degree in electrical and electric engineering from Liverpool Polytechnic, as well as a Certificate in Business Administration and Diploma in Business Administration from Liverpool University.
About Maxion Wheels
Maxion Wheels is a leading worldwide producer of wheels for passenger cars, light trucks and commercial trucks and trailers. With more than 100 years of wheel-marking experience, Maxion is the world's largest wheel manufacturer currently producing 65 million wheels per year. The company serves global OEM customers from operations in 12 countries and has global operations on 5 continents including state-of-the-art technical centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia. www.maxionwheels.com
About O'Neill Consulting Group
O'Neill Consulting Group is a retained executive search firm that delivers high-impact talent solutions to clients worldwide. The firm specializes in Consumer, Industrial, Life Sciences, and Private Equity with emphasis on finance, operations, HR, supply chain, and general management. The firm is headquartered in Providence, RI with offices in Boston, Dallas, Research Triangle Park, London, and Shanghai. www.oneillconsulting.com
SOURCE Maxion Wheels