WARREN Barnett, operations director of Schaeffler UK’s Automotive Aftermarket Division, is moving to Australia to take on a new role with the company.
The 46-year-old is to head-up the Australian aftermarket operation which means he and his family will be setting off for a new life in Sydney next month.
His new role will see him being responsible for Schaeffler’s original equipment LuK clutch, INA tensioner and FAG wheel bearing brands, as well as the Ruville range of components.
Warren said: ‘The opportunity to establish the four brands in the Australian aftermarket is one that I could not refuse. The biggest challenge will be how to get the product to market via the quickest and most competitive route and to retain and grow sales, but I am confident that it is one that can be achieved.
‘The Australian market is very different from the UK’s, for one thing 85 percent of the car parc is automatic transmission. However now that all of the local vehicle manufacturing has ended, European vehicle platforms will now be sold creating a fantastic opportunity for double clutch technology.’
Warren has been employed in the UK automotive industry for nearly 30 years, starting out working in the dealer network with Charles Clark Rover and Appleyards before moving into the automotive aftermarket with Monroe in 1997 and then onto Delco Remy and Sherbrook before joining Schaeffler in December 2005.
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd’s aftermarket division managing director, Nigel Morgan, said: ‘It is a great opportunity for Warren and his family to experience a new culture and I would like to thank him for all his hard work here in the UK. However, his departure means that I am now tasked with finding his replacement which I am looking to do as quickly as is feasible.’
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