Kevin Parkes new President of Finning Canada

by Keith Powell
Kevin Parkes, newly named President of Finning Canada.

Kevin Parkes, newly named President of Finning Canada. — Photo courtesy Finning Canada

Kevin Parkes has been named President of Finning Canada, taking over for Juan Carlos Villegas, who will retire on December 31, 2018. Villegas will also step down as Chief Operating Officer of Finning International.

Parkes is currently Managing Director of Finning UK and Ireland; David Primrose, currently Finning Canada’s Executive Vice President of Core Industries, will fill his role. Both will assume their positions on January 1, 2019 and will report to Scott Thomson, President and CEO, Finning International.

Villegas was President of Finning Canada since 2013; he was with Finning for a 20-year career, serving as COO of Finning International, President of Finning South America, VP of Power Systems for Canada, Vice VP of Mining for South America and VP of Operations for Chile.

“Juan Carlos has been an integral part of Finning’s executive team and has created an extraordinary legacy for us in the work he did to rejuvenate the Canadian operations and grow our South American business,” said Mr. Thomson. “His passion and commitment to our customers, employees and partner Caterpillar was evident in his ability to execute his compelling vision. We are very grateful to Juan Carlos and wish him the very best.”

Kevin Parkes joined Finning in the UK in 1996 and has held a variety of progressively senior positions in the equipment solutions division. He left the company in 2010, but returned in 2015 to take on the role of Director, equipment solutions and was appointed Managing Director of UK and Ireland in February 2016.

“We are excited to welcome Kevin to his new role as President of Canadian operations, as his blend of Finning and external experience, strong customer focus, and successful track record in restructuring our UK and Ireland operations have made him well suited to build on the momentum we have in our Canadian business,” said Mr. Thomson.

David Primrose has 30 years of experience with the company, having held a variety of roles.

“David will seamlessly take the helm in the UK and Ireland given his prior experience in region, solid leadership skills, great relationship with Caterpillar and deep understanding of our digital vision for our European business,” said Thomson. “With these senior leaders assuming their new roles, we are assured our executive will continue to lead the company to deliver exceptional service and results for our customers and partners.”

Source: Finning Canada

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