KGP

KNIBB GORMEZANO PEOPLE

Knibb, Gormezano and Partners gains its main strength from the people it employs as consultants. All have had extensive experience in industry, often in senior positions.

In addition to the principals profiled below, the practice has a research group based in Derby and a regular consulting team of professionals. To this should be added over 60 associated consultants and or 45 small specialist practices around the world. Detailed career résumés for all professional staff are routinely supplied to clients seeking our services for specific projects.

BRIAN KNIBB

BAKphotoBrian Knibb is a mechanical engineer by training but gained most of his industrial experience in themanufacturing engineering field. This included fifteen years with Perkins Engines where he worked in manufacturing development, product and business planning.

He spent seven years with international management consultants A T Kearney, much of it as Manager, European Automotive Group, before setting up his own practice in 1985. He was also Vice President of Berkt Management a US/Swiss automotive consultancy. His consultancy experience has included participation in and leading assignments concerned with on- and off-road vehicles, engines, components product planning, materials, and technologies and industry supply relationships. With Joe Gormezano he was a founding partner of KGP.

During his time as a consultant Mr Knibb has managed numerous assignments in the automotive industry. Many have been international, deploying locally based and multi-disciplinary teams. Recent assignments have included work in Western Europe, North America, India, Indonesia and Eastern Europe.

 

ALEX WOODROW

AW website pic1Alex joined KGP in 1994, shortly after completing a four year degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Economics at Birmingham University.

Since joining as a Research Consultant he has completed a wide range of projects covering both technical and commercial issues. This experience, which has been gained working for clients worldwide, lead to his appointment as a Director of KGP, and Head of Research.  In January 2010 he became  Managing Director.

He is continually involved with client business development and is keen on personal development, and a member of the SAE, AET and IMC. Alex is managing KGP’s IT requirements in addition to the research team.

He has a good working knowledge of the German language.

Working to strengthen the technical as well as commercial awareness, he completed an MSc in Automotive Systems Engineering at Loughborough University in 2008.

Alex has been closely involved in all recent powertrain studies conducted by KGP, especially focusing on the development of production history and forecasts databases.

 

MICK BEESON

Mich has over 25 years experience in B2B sales development and marketing within the automotive sector. His experience included 13 years as General Manager and Director of ThreeBond a global Japanese manufacturer of fine chemicals. As head of European sales, marketing and strategy Mick helped to successfully establish the company and brand across Europe.  This included work across the automotive and motorsports sectors.

 

ALISTAIR HILL

Alistair photo5Having gained a degree in Metallurgy, Alistair discovered the world of marketing strategy and decided to make it his career. He then took a number of positions in industry working for RTZ and BBA Friction where he was directly responsible for business development projects in a diverse range of overseas markets including Russia, the Baltic States and the Middle East as well as most of Western Europe. Whilst at BBA Alistair gained an MBA from Huddersfield University.

On leaving BBA, Alistair spend a couple of enjoyable years as part of a team developing a business in the UK commercial vehicle aftermarket working with the major component manufacturers and vehicle operators before joining KGP.

Since joining KGP Alistair has worked in both the aftermarket and technology sectors and been involved in a diverse range of projects involving cars, commercial vehicles, component technology and logistics.

Latterly Alistair has relocated to New Zealand where he is currently responsible for KGP’s Asia Pacific work.

 

KURT SOEZEN

Kurt Soezen photo2Whilst studying for a degree in Economics, Kurt wrote a dissertation on the concentraton trend in the German car industry.

With this knowledge, his career has spanned over 30 years of industrial market research, working for, among others, the Economist Intelligence Unit and Metra Consulting. He has been able to be involved in studies into diverse subjects covering a worldwide geographical area.

Kurt is a fluent German and English speaker, with a working knowledge of French and is now a senior research consultant with Knibb Gormezano.

 

JANE WOODWARD

A languages graduate, Jane has been with KGP since 1989. Her original role was as a researcher whereas now she has progressed into client and professional network liaison. Jane is responsible for the Knibb Gormezano database and produces AutoBriefing whilst providing administrative support to all the directors and consultants.