Ricardo has announced the next stage of the development of its rapidly expanding business in the Asia-Pacific region, with the formation of a new strategic business entity to be headed by former senior Autoliv and Brose Automotive executive Gary Tan.
Gary Tan has followed a long and distinguished career encompassing senior leadership roles in the developing automotive markets of the Asia-Pacific region. These have included successful periods as the president Asia-Pacific for Brose Automotive and as regional technical and marketing director of Autoliv. Prior to this, he worked with Robert Bosch in both commercial and project roles within the ASEAN region. A Malaysian national, Tan was awarded a degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University in the US and spent his early career with Boeing in Australia. The breadth and extent of his international business experience is extremely impressive; truly multi-lingual, he speaks seven languages and has lived and worked in North America, India, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, China as well as his native Malaysia.
Over the coming weeks Tan will take over responsibility as president of Ricardo Shanghai from interim president, Ashley Fernihough, who returns to his full time role as Ricardo UK commercial director. The Ricardo Shanghai Technical Centre will then form the nucleus of the new Ricardo Asia organization, which will be charged with spearheading growth across the Asia Pacific region, initially focusing on the Korean, Malaysian and Chinese markets.
Commenting on the appointment of Gary Tan as the inaugural president of the new Ricardo Asia organization, Ricardo plc CEO Dave Shemmans said: “Gary Tan has extremely impressive track record of senior business leadership experience and commercial success gained in multiple industry sectors across the Asia-Pacific region. I believe that he is an ideal person to drive the next phase of growth of Ricardo’s business in the commercially important developing markets of this region, and am pleased to welcome him to the Ricardo senior leadership team. The formation of Ricardo Asia and the appointment of Gary Tan as its president underscores Ricardo’s commitment to growing its business in the Asia-Pacific region. It also serves as a further demonstration of our ability to attract the very best international talent in pursuance of our goal of becoming the global supplier of choice for advanced engineering, technology and strategic consulting services across multiple industrial sectors.”
A full copy of this press release is available from the link at the top right of this page.