STOCKHOLM – Jay Longbottom has decided to step down from his position as CEO of Haldex AB, the company has announced. Ulf Ahlén, former executive vice president of Haldex Traction, will replace him as acting CEO, beginning Dec. 1. Haldex stated the reason for Longbottom’s decision to step down as CEO stems from the challenges of residing in the U.S. while at the same time heading a publicly listed Swedish company. Based in Kansas City, Longbottom will remain in the role of president of the North American operations and assume the role as executive vice president for the Haldex Air Control division, representing 40 percent of the group’s sales. Prior to heading Haldex, Longbottom served as head of Haldex Commercial Vehicle System Division, successfully transforming the division into a truly global player with exposure to fast growing markets like China and Brazil, the company says. “We respect Jay´s decision to step down as CEO of Haldex,” said Göran Carlson, chairman of the board of Haldex AB. “Jay is a well-liked manager who has greatly added to the company’s development. We are pleased that Jay will be able to focus more on the North American market and take on the role as head of the important Air Control Division. At the same time we have secured a smooth transition with Ulf Ahlén as acting CEO, who, with his Haldex Group background will add valuable experience and competence.” “My commitment to Haldex will not in any way change. From a personal point of view this is the best solution for all parties since it has shown to be very difficult to combine living in the U.S. and leading a global company with its headquarters in Sweden,” said Longbottom. Ahlén will take over as acting CEO on Dec. 1 and will be based out of Landskrona, Sweden. Longbottom will stay on as CEO until Ahlén assumes the role. In addition, Haldex says the search for a permanent CEO has been initiated. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
ISRAEL: Israel Railways has awarded Sociedad Española de Montajes Industriales a 2bn shekel contract to build and maintain electrification infrastructure. The Spanish company beat bids from Siemens, Elecnor, Alstom and China Railways Construction Corp. The contract announced on December 6 covers 420 route-km across 13 lines and includes the supply of 14 substations and control systems for the 25 kV 50 Hz power supply, to be carried by overhead catenary. SEMI will provide 10 years of maintenance, with an option for a further 15 years. ISR envisages that electrification work will get underway in February 2016, with the first electric train due to operate on the A1 fast line to Jerusalem in March 2018.
The teaser trailer and poster have been released for director Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming film The King’s Man.The film is based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Watch the trailer below:As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.The King’s Man stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance. It is produced by Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, and Adam Bohling.Take a look at the teaser poster below:Credit: 20th Century FoxThe King’s Man will be released in cinemas in February 2020.
Hounslow’s Rajiv Ouseph helped England into the quarter-finals of the European Mixed Team Championships on Thursday.The world number 22 defeated Scott Evans 21-7 21-16 in a 5-0 victory against Ireland in the day’s first round-robin match.Ouseph sat out the evening win over hosts Belgium which ensured England topped group two.AdChoices广告England are among the favourites for a medal in Leuven, having reached the semi-finals or better on every occasion bar one since the biennial event began in 1972.The 12 teams in the tournament are split into four groups of three, with the best two making the quarter-finals.When Ouseph entered the fray, England were 1-0 up after Chris and Gabby Adcock’s victory in the mixed doubles.World number 30 Evans is the highest-ranked player the west Londoner has faced this year but came into the match with an 8-1 head-to-head record.And Ouseph began impressively, winning seven of the first eight points and then motoring on from 8-5 to ease to the opening game.It was a tighter affair in game two, the lead changing hands regularly before the pair found themselves locked at 9-9.Ouseph kicked on by taking nine of the next 11 points and secured the match at the first time of asking.England romped to a whitewash thanks to Fontaine Mica Chapman in the women’s singles, Peter Mills and Andrew Ellis in the men’s doubles and Heather Olver and Lauren Smith in the women’s doubles.Olver and Smith also secured the win over Belgium when they beat Steffi Annys and Flore Vandenhoucke.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook