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Kumho Hires Industry Veteran to Head OE Operations

(Akron/Tire Review) Kumho Tire USA Inc. has hired former Continental Tire North America OE account manager Steven Drake to head up its OE business unit.


Drake will be director of operations for Kumho’s new OE sales office, which will open Feb. 20 in Troy, Mich.

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Drake comes to Kumho with 19 years of experience in tire engineering and product development with both Continental and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

“Kumho has developed a reputation for building tires that offer exceptional performance and quality at a reasonable price,” said Dave Hudrlik, Kumho’s vice president of sales and marketing. “That reputation has enabled us to establish a major presence in the replacement tire market in the U.S. Our next goal is to establish a major presence with OEMs in the U.S. Opening a sales office in Detroit and hiring Steve Drake are two big steps in that direction.”   

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