Metair announces new chief executive

Riaz Haffejee has been appointed as the new CEO of Metair from February next year.

JSE-listed Metair announced on 10 November that Riaz Haffejee has been appointed as the new chief executive of the group with effect from 1 February 2021.

The international manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components says Riaz will succeed outgoing CEO Theo Loock. Theo will stay on for two years to ensure a seamless handover, continuity with the implementation of the Covid-19 recovery plan and to facilitate the smooth transition of relationships with key customers, technical partners and other stakeholders.

Riaz is the CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, a division of the Japanese listed company, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, where he holds an executive officer position as well as being the chairperson of its Middle Eastern subsidiary, SRME.

Sumitomo Dunlop is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of Dunlop, Falken and Sumitomo tyres in sub-Saharan Africa, including supply to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Prior to this, he was an executive at Vodacom Business from 2008 to 2012 and held several senior managerial positions at BMW South Africa between 1996 and 2008. His responsibilities there included process and planning at Plant Rosslyn, national service quality, corporate and government sales and customer relationship management.

He holds an MBA in customer loyalty, a postgraduate diploma in business management, and a BSc in mechanical engineering, and is currently an executive member of both the component industry body, Naacam and the Durban Auto Cluster, as well as a director in the tyre industry body, SATMC.