Cummins Southern Africa Announcement

Cummins Southern Africa Announces Appointment of new Managing Director


Cummins Southern Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Thierry Pimi as Managing Director for Cummins Southern Africa as of 1 September 2016. Mr 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.

Mr Pimi is a professional mechanical engineer with over sixteen years’ experience in the power generation, manufacturing and mining industries. 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, Mr Pimi has made a notable difference in a market which is considered to be one of the largest and fastest-growing business areas in Africa.

Commenting on his new role, he said: “I am ready to take up the challenge and work hard to further enhance the business, elevate the Cummins brand and get closer to our customers. My vision for Southern Africa is for us to exceed our customers’ expectations through world class professionalism from a diverse and highly motivated team.” Mr Pimi is a strong supporter of promoting local talent and has unleashed diverse and capable teams across the regions in which he has worked, combining seasoned industry leaders with exciting new hires equipped with strong local market knowledge and solid regional business culture.

Cummins Southern Africa is poised to move on to deliver the highest levels of service to its customers backed by Mr Pimi’s proven track record of leadership and performance improvements. Under his guidance and with his extensive strategic experience; the company is well set to achieve its targets.

Mr 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.

Mr Pimi has taken the reigns from Ms Schuyla Goodson Bell, who has assumed the role of Vice President Operations, Northern Area, Cummins Pacific Region in the United States of America.

The headquarters for Cummins’ Africa operations are in Johannesburg, South Africa and Casablanca, Morocco. Cummins Southern Africa distribution business is headquartered in Johannesburg, with branches in Longmeadow, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth in South Africa; and in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.4 billion on sales of $19.1 billion in 2015.

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