ENGINEERING company Gates has appointed Carl McGowan to the role of managing director of Gates Australia.

In this role, Mr McGowan will be responsible for the commercial organisation, sales, marketing and customer support teams of Gates Australia.

Gates said Mr McGowan will provide local leadership and oversee the distribution facilities owned by Gates’ global operations.

In addition, he will be responsible for New Zealand and the engineering and services division in Perth, Western Australia.

Mr McGowan brings with him a wealth of more than 26 years of industry knowledge and hands on experience, having previously worked for Parker Hannifin in roles that have seen him working within fluid power, automation and fluid connector divisions.

Most recently, Mr McGowan was Parker Hannifin country managing director for Australasia.

From a strategic viewpoint, Gates said Mr McGowan will assume the challenges of executing the group’s corporate vision which is for Gates to be a premier supplier of power transmission and fluid power products.

Gates products and services are focused on customers in five key end market segments, including automotive, transportation, mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and agriculture, and process and specialty.