About This Project
Employee of the Year

An award to recognise an exceptional contribution by an employee of a company within the tyre retreading or recycling sector to further the cause of their company and the industry they work in, in terms of sustainability and contribution to the Circular Economy. 

Meet The Winner

Jim Foughty (Goodyear)

Jim Foughty works for Goodyear and is the Manager of Field Services Retread Systems for North America. Throughout his career, he has made significant contributions in the retread space, from selling retreads, operating retread equipment, managing plants, designing equipment/plants to overseeing Goodyear’s authorised retread network.

Meet The Nominees

Bernardita Diaz (Sustrend)

Bernardita Diaz is the General Manager of the Chilean technology firm, Sustrend. She has been a leader in helping the Chilean retread sector achieved technical validation with the Government authorities as well as leading the Clean Production Agreement that allowed raising the standard of the sector.

Fabiano Santos (Marangoni Tread Latin America)

Technical manager at Marangoni Tread Latin America. He has been nominated for his professionalism and competence in the tyre retreading sector as well as his role in helping to raise awareness of the correct and sustainable use of the tyres he promotes in Brazil.

Joerg Taylor (Marangoni)

Joerg Taylor is a Germany-based business development manager for Marangoni who has been nominated by his customers and colleagues for friendly, competent and reliable approach to the retread sector and for his ability and willingness to solve any problems that arise.

Sebastiano Tamburello (NeroForce)

Sebastian Tamburello is a Regional Sales Manager and Technical Advisor for NeroForce. He has been nominated for his dedication and service-oriented approach to his role, for his willingness to make himself available to customers throughout the pandemic and for the respect and friendship he generates amongst NeroForce’s client base.

Employee of the Year Winner 2021:

Leo Linkesch – Marangoni


Leo Linkesch works as Area Manager in the Marangoni’s Retreading Systems business unit. He’s responsible for sales in the easternmost part of Europe, in the Russian Federation and many other Russian-speaking countries. He’s been working for Marangoni since 1998, but the first contacts with the company go back to 1994. From the beginning of his career, he has contributed significantly to the creation and expansion of the Marangoni network of independent retreaders in Eastern Europe.