Cummins Southern Africa appoints new MD


Thierry Pimi is the new MD of Cummins Southern Africa.

Cummins Southern Africa has appointed Thierry Pimi as managing director, effective 1 September 2016. Pimi is responsible for the leadership, operations and strategic direction for Cummins’ distribution business in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar.

Pimi takes over from Schuyla Goodson Bell, who has assumed the role of Vice President Operations, Northern Area, Cummins Pacific Region in the United States.

“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,” says Pimi.

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 Pimi’s proven track record of leadership and performance improvements. Under his guidance and with his extensive strategic experience, the company is confident that it is well set to achieve its targets.

Pimi is a professional mechanical engineer with over 16 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 and Senegal. He joined Cummins as Corporate Strategy Manager based at the company’s head office in Columbus, US in 2008. Thereafter he assumed the role of Mining Business Leader for Africa, also based in Columbus. For the past 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, 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.

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, US; 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.

Equipment Africa says: With Pimi’s vast experience across several of Cummins’ business areas, the company seems to have made a strategic appointment to further grow its business in southern Africa.

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