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Continental Tire the Americas LLC has announced two appointments to its Commercial Vehicle Tire Division, effective July 30, 2010.

Thomas Fanning, director of original equipment truck tire sales since 2007, has been promoted the truck tire division's director of replacement sales for NAFTA.

Fanning takes over for Shaun Uys, who is returning to his home country of South Africa to pursue other opportunities within Continental's rubber group.

"Shaun has been an instrumental part of determining our new direction and approach, and I cannot say enough positives about his role here to do him justice. We will miss his contribution," says Paul Williams, executive vice president for the truck tire division.

As director of replacement sales, Fanning will be responsible for strategic selling initiatives across dealer and fleet channels for the Continental, General, Ameri*Steel, Euzkadi and associated brands. Fanning will report directly to Williams.

2. Succeeding Fanning as director of original equipment sales is Wes Garber. In this role, Garber will be responsible for developing and executing business strategies for the Americas, which include market share, profitability and achieving standard original equipment positions with major truck and trailer manufacturers.

Garber will report to Peter Matzke, Continental AG's global vice president of original equipment truck tires, and indirectly to Williams. He also will continue in his role as chairman of the board of GTY Tire Co., which oversees the joint venture commercial tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Garber most recently held the position of controller for the truck tire business unit of Continental Tire Americas. Prior to joining CTA, Garber was the sales and marketing controller of BSN Medical Inc.

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