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Cummins appoints new MD for Southern Africa


“My vision for Southern Africa is for us to exceed our customers’ expectations through world class professionalism from a diverse and highly motivated team.” These are the words of Thierry Pimi, the new Managing Director for Cummins Southern Africa. Pimi takes over from Schuyla Goodsen Bell who has now joined the US team as Vice President Operations for Cummins’ Pacific Region.

Pimi has 16 years of engineering experience in mining, manufacturing  and power generation and is not a stranger at Cummins. He has held a number of senior management positions at Cummins in the United States of America and Senegal. He joined Cummins as Corporate Strategy Manager based at the company’s head office in Columbus, USA in 2008. Thereafter he assumed the role of Mining Business Leader for Africa, also based in Columbus. For the last three years he has held the position of General Manager of Cummins North and West Africa Regional Operations including overseeing the deployment and consolidation of company owned entities in Morocco, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Based in Dakar, Senegal. He has made a notable difference in a market which is considered to be one of the largest and fastest-growing business areas in Africa.

Pimi holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon; an MBA with majors in Finance and Strategy from Indiana University in Bloomington USA; a Certificate in Mining Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada; and is also a Graduate of the Cummins Global Leadership Development Program in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an avid sports enthusiast; and in particular World football and Motor Sport.

Pimi is responsible for the leadership, operations and strategic direction for Cummins’ distribution business South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar.

This move by Cummins is a clear indication of the company’s commitment to embrace African talent and excellence.

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