Thierry Pimi, MD of Cummins Southern Africa.
Thierry 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 US 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 GM 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. While based in Dakar, Senegal, Pimi made a notable difference in a market that is considered to be one of the largest and fastest-growing business areas in Africa.
“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,” he said. “My vision for Southern Africa is for us to exceed our customers’ expectations through world-class professionalism from a diverse and highly motivated team.”
Pimi is a strong promoter local talent and has unleashed diverse and capable teams across the regions in which he has worked, combining seasoned industry leaders with exciting new people 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 well set to achieve its targets.
“Being the world’s largest diesel engine manufacturer gives us several advantages in every market,” Pimi tells MechTech. “Our R&D spending is the largest in the world and we attract the best engineers. So we come up with appropriate solutions well ahead of time.” As a consequence, many on-road and off-road vehicle OEMs, including several Chinese brands, have standardised on Cummins engines for their vehicles.