TROY, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment, announced today that the Company's Board of Directors appointed Matthew Pollick as Chief Operating Officer.
Terry Gohl, Horizon Global’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased to announce Matt as Horizon Global’s Chief Operating Officer. Matt is a proven leader with broad automotive industry experience, as well as significant operational, engineering and plant management expertise. We are excited to welcome a leader of Matt’s caliber to the team and we look forward to his immediate impact on the business.”
John Kennedy, Horizon Global’s Board Chair remarked, “As a Company, we are committed to attracting and retaining top-level talent. We expect Matt’s addition to the team to accelerate our many business improvement initiatives in both our Americas and Europe-Africa business segments.”
Kennedy added, “We remain focused on delivering best-in-class towing and trailering solutions to our customers and maximizing long-term value for the benefit of our shareholders, our employees and all of our stakeholders.”
Prior to joining Horizon Global, Pollick served as Executive Vice President of Industrial Management for Gestamp North America (“Gestamp”), a company dedicated to the design, development and manufacture of metal automotive components, from September 2016 to November 2019. During his tenure at Gestamp, Matt opened five new plants and supported the launch of over $1B in annual new business for Gestamp. From April 2014 to September 2016, as General Manager of Bowling Green Metalforming, a subsidiary of Magna International, a leading global automotive mobility technology and automotive parts supplier (“Magna”), Matt implemented cost savings through material utilization (MUDD) improvements and reduced working capital through inventory reductions by optimizing operational processes. Prior to joining Magna, from April 2002 to April 2014, Matt held roles of increasing responsibility at Tower International, a leading manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies, ultimately serving as its Director of Operations.
About Horizon Global
Horizon Global is the #1 designer, manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of high-quality, custom-engineered towing, trailering, cargo management and other related accessory products in North America and Europe. The Company serves OEMs, retailers, dealer networks and the end consumer as the category leader in the automotive, leisure and agricultural market segments. Horizon provides its customers with outstanding products and services that reflect the Company's commitment to market leadership, innovation and operational excellence. The Company’s mission is to utilize forward-thinking technology to develop and deliver best-in-class products for our customers, engage our employees and create value for our shareholders. Horizon Global is home to some of the world’s most recognized brands in the towing and trailering industry, including: BULLDOG, Draw-Tite, Fulton, Reese, Tekonsha, and Westfalia. Horizon Global has approximately 4,200 employees in 37 facilities across 15 countries. For more information, please visit www.horizonglobal.com.
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