Leverkusen – Clement de Valon, who has been on the Board of TMD Friction since September, on October 1st assumed responsibility for the company’s global aftermarket business.
de Valon, 46, takes over from David Baines, who on August 1st was appointed CEO and President of TMD Friction Group, one of the world’s leading brake pad manufacturers. In his role, de Valon will report directly to Baines.
“I’m really looking forward to this exciting new challenge”, said de Valon. “The automotive business is facing fundamental changes in terms of mobility, technology and the environment, and our team’s goal is to further strengthen TMD Friction’s position as a strong and sustainable partner for all our aftermarket customers.”
de Valon has many years of aftermarket expertise. In recent years he has held various management positions at the automotive suppliers Valeo and Garrett, and over the course of more than 24 years he has built up extensive know-how in this business in sales, marketing and general management.
During his 17 years with Valeo his focus was always on the independent aftermarket. In his most recent role with the company, he was responsible for global activities for IAM wiper blades.
After Valeo, he moved on to Garrett in 2012, where he managed the global turbocharger aftermarket business until 2019.
De Valon has a deep understanding of international sales and intercultural cooperation. In the course of his previous activities, he was in direct contact with aftermarket customers in more than 100 countries around the world – all while leading sales & marketing teams on five different continents.