About Us

People behind the scenes

Our team brings more than 20 years of experience in the areas of Sales, Business Development & Marketing from all over the world.

The key PEOPLE for YOUR SUCCESS are in our core team:

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

José Luis Linero Duque

José has worked for prestigious European companies focused on the attention of OEM, OES and IAM. With strong commercial and new business development profile, has more than 20 years of successful experience in the development and implementation of commercial strategies for industrial products in Latin America.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Antonio Rodi

Antonio has driven business and manufacturing operations with over 20 years of industry-leading expertise gained within diverse international automotive Tier1 environments. Successfully led global automotive product launches as General Manager and Commercial leadership, by defining appropriate manufacturing locations, technology, and productivity. Drove continuous improvement programs to ensure best-in-class production methods.

Bogotá, Colombia

Andrés Nova

Andres is a highlight experienced Director of Business Development with a successful trajectory in the automotive and motorcycle industry with more than 14 years of professional experience in Latin America’s market with special emphasis in OEM´s and IAM, opening and creating new market strategies, creation and development of new business units and adapting offers to the needs of the market, customers and stakeholders.

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Beijing, China

Lei Yang

Lei brings more than 12 years of experience in the Automotive Industry in roles like General Manager, Project Manager, Head of Sales & Marketing and Business Development Manager. An example of automotive project she managed were related to VW China, FAW-Hongqi, Shanghai Commerce Commission, China Auto Dealer Association, Lincoln China, SAIC-MG, NIO, TÜV Süd. All of them brought her a great knowledge and contacts in the Chinese industry meanwhile she won her international experience also working and being active in the European Market.

Lille, France

Eric Zumbrunn

With more than 30 years of experience in Independent Automotive Aftermarket acquired working for spare parts manufacturers like Magneti Marelli, Champion Spark plugs, Federal Mogul and Driv, Eric brings wide international expertise and competences in multiple areas.

Positions he has occupied led him to develop successful project management, business development and marketing, regional business unit implementation, sales & KAM plans.

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Versailles, France

Jean-Gilles Chomet

Jean-Gilles has 25 years of experience and successful accomplishment as Engineering Manager, Sales Director, General Manager in multinational companies of the Automotive Industry like Magna, Adient (ex-JCI), Renault.

15 years of professional experience in business development, sales with results in profitable revenue growth and management of Business Unit/Cost Center. Always working in a multi-cultural environment with international relations. Native in French, fluent in English.

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Munich, Germany

Horst Zang

Horst is a sales professional with over 25 years of experience within the Automotive Industry. He worked for global companies like Faurecia, Takata, Hyosung, Wonder Auto in various global management positions as VP of Sales, Sales Director, Head of CBU, Director Customer Management. More than 20 years of experience working with Asian companies (Japan, Korea, China) identifying profitable business opportunities and implementing market-penetrating sales strategies to drive growth. Native in German, fluent in English.

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Munich, Germany

Friedwald Themel

Fritz has more than 30 years of experience in positions as Project Director, Program Manager, Sales Director, KAM and Business Development Manager in multinational companies of the Automotive Industry like Valeo, FlexNgate, JCI, Fujikura, Doga, Bühler Motor and others. 10 years of professional experience in Spain and responsibilities for US, LATAM and European markets underline his internationality. Native in German, fluent in Spanish and English. 

Stuttgart, Germany

Michael Schatz

Michael has 20+ years of international experience in different roles within automotive OEM, OES and IAM: Key Account Management, Product Management, Regional Sales, Market and Sales Strategy, General Management.
His consulting topics are related to sales and distribution, specifically in an international context and with a strong emphasis on “hands-on” project deployment.

Budapest, Hungary

Gabriella Balogh

With strong multicultural background and language expertise Gabriella ́s experience spreads in several industries in areas as Accounting, Headhunting, Credit Control and Sales Representation. Her references include companies like Ricoh, Cátenon or Chep. Currently she is focusing her expertise in Digital Business and Project Management.

Bologna, Italy

Rosario Mangiapia

Rosario Giorgio brings more than 20 years of experience in Independent  Automotive Aftermarket management. He has held positions as KAM, Trade Manager, Sales Director and General Manager in multinational companies in the Automotive Industry such as Bosch Gmbh and Holger Christiansen A/S. He recently put his experience at the service of Business Development projects both for companies working in the traditional IAM and those linked to the latest market developments in the electric mobility. He loves working in multicultural environments with win-win relationships for clients and partners. Italian native, fluent in English.

Torino, Italy

Roberto Sacco

Roberto brings more than 30 years in the Automotive Business in areas like Sales, Operations and Engineering, in executive roles like CEO or Corporate Vice President Sales and Marketing. He built his expereience and competences working in international corporations as COMAU and AKKA Technologies, having the opportunity to work directly with the main Automakers worldwide. With his outstanding communication and leadership skills he offers a vision-driven approach to decision making, strategic planning, internationalization, customer satisfaction and tactical implementation.

Nagoya, Japan

Yasuo Ohyama

Yasuo (Ray) Ohyama has variety of experience in the Automotive Industry, mainly as R&D expert, but also in Sales & Marketing, Quality, Finance & Accounting, Project Management, as well as General Manager and CFO. He worked at Toyota Motor, Brose Fahrzeugteile, Toyota Boshoku and so on, and is based in Nagoya Japan.
Thanks to his experience, he understands the business culture of European companies as well as Japanese, therefore he could develop business effectively.

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Yokohama, Japan

Shigeyuki Inuzuka

Shige has over 20 years of experience in business expansion with technical background in the Automotive and related industries markets, worked in Japan branch of Global Tier1 and Tier2 suppliers. Some previous roles & Responsibilities include Sales & Marketing for Automotive mechatronics products for OEMs worldwide business & IAM for Japanese OEMs and Tier1 suppliers having experience in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, 2Wheelers, construction and agricultural machineries plus marine.

Amsterdam, NL

Bart Timmermans

With more than 20 years of international managerial experience Bart is specialized in General Management with P&L responsibility, Business Development, Marketing and Sales. Bart brings a wealth of IAM experience. having worked for the likes of Rockwool, Varta, eXponentia, Johnson Controls and Clarios. Bart has extensive experience with partners all over Europe, in the MEA and the US and leading cross border teams with a multi-cultural background. Native in Dutch. Fluent in English and German. 

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Katowice, Poland

Bogumił Papierniok

Bogumił has been working in the Automotive aftermarket for over 28 years. With experience from the one of the biggest Polish and European spare parts distributor, Moto-Profil, on positions like Sales Manager, Managing Director and COO to Member of the Board. He brings great experience in different areas, from international procurement to business development, IT and Marketing. His latest position for the brand KAMOKA gave him an internal view of producers’ side of IAM.

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Warsaw, Poland

Piotr Zielak

Piotr has been working 30 years in the Automotive Business gaining experience
mostly in Aftermarket. His previous rolls includes Head of Sales and Head of
marketing amoung others. He has been for 20 years General Market Manager in
Continental A.G. beeing responsible for 15 countries in CEE. He is an entrepreneur
and CEO in his private company and works as transformation manager of global
automotive retail network.

Leiria, Portugal

Jürgen Kneissler

Jürgen has over 30 years of experience in the Automotive Industry having a successful track of records supporting companies like Webasto, Aisin or Cooper Standard building and expanding their business in Brasil. With a wide expertise in roles like Managing Director, Consultant, Sales Manager  or KAM, Jürgen brings a wide network of contacts in the region in the automotive, Aeronautic, Railway and Investment Goods segments.

Yongin, South Korea

Youngjae (YJ) Kim

With more than 35 years of experience from which he has spent 23 years as top
management in Volvo Group, YJ has wide knowledge of medium/heavy duty trucks
and buses companies. He has also participated in various Automobile related
commercial committees and brings a broad understanding of the Korea market
OEMs as well as a strong human network in Asia.

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Madrid, Spain

Javier Lorenzo Martínez

Javier brings more than 15 years of experience in the Automotive AM, where he has lead the creation of new market strategies and adaption of the product range to the real needs and key players for the Iberian market. He won his experience in different roles in IAM as Sales Director, Key Account Manager, or Managing Director, in companies like GM ACDelco, Valeo, Denso Aftermarket, Remy Automotive Europe, and at distribution level in one member of Groupauto Union. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Valencia, Spain

Miguel Ángel Casas Prósper

Miguel Ángel brings more than 15 years of experience in the Automotive Industry in roles like Head of Business Development, Team Leader Sales or Sales & Marketing Manager among others. His professional background was built in premium Tier 1 companies like WABCO, Johnson Controls, Kongsberg Automotive and AMK Automotive. He won his international experience working and being active in the European, USA and Chinese Markets.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Mohan Engkvist

Mohan has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry both from OEM (Volvo Cars) and Supplier side (among others F.Segura and Elring Klinger) and provides outstanding industry and market knowledge. His background covers not only Sales Representation but also Project Management. He is right in the middle of the Swedish Automotive cluster.

Solihull, UK

Tajinder Kalsi

Taj brings more than 30 years of international Automotive experience, gained at
OEMS Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and major Tier 1s Johnson Controls, Lear
Corporation, Gentherm and Key Safety Systems. He has held senior leadership
roles in Business Development, Programme Management and Operations. He has
a technical background in safety critical systems and most recently in E- mobility.


Birmingham, UK

Martin Pring

With more than 30 years of experience in the Aftermarket, Martin has been managing Japanese (Denso, NGK) and European (Hella, NRF) companies in UK. He provides deep expertise not only in Sales but also in Operations and HR Management. Currently he is also involved in Digital Transformation Services for the Aftermarket segment.

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Detroit, USA

Robert (Bob) Carlstedt

Bob has been leading international companies in managerial positions like President, CEO, and Managing Director in USA and China. His own developed methodology Dynamic Strategic Innovation ™️ helps to review, build and implement strategic plans to develop international business. His experience was built in companies like ArvinMeritor, Ducker, Zhejiang Birkom or iDC Automotive among others.

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Los Angeles, USA

Alexander Gruzdev

International market intelligence expert with 20 years of experience, 15 in the automotive, aftersales, and mobility sector.
His range of customers covers from A (Audi) to Z (ZF) in 20 different countries in the world. Alex is an active Conference Automotive Expert speaker, media contributor and has over 200 publications in professional magazines, regular TV and radio.


What our Clients say

Our company benefitted hugely from the extremely focused and insightful support from Miguel Casas. His knowledge, business development skills and practical, structured approach have helped us immensely to focus our future growth plans and have been instrumental in providing a realistic business plan we can deliver on. I have no hesitation to recommend Stepsbridge and wish the company further success as it too, no doubt, will grow.
John Giles
Managing Director Ireland - AMK Group