Executive Team

The spirit of 'Growing Together' is woven into the fundamental fabric of the ZAFCO culture.

 We’re built on an unshakeable system of values, built on flourishing relationships, and build from the synergy of our team members. 

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Zafar Hussain

Executive Director and Board of Directors, ZAFCO Group

Zafar Hussain is an Executive Director of the ZAFCO Group and belongs to the second generation of the family business. He began working with his father and founder of ZAFCO, Mohammed Hussain, in the late 1980’s and since then he has helped grow ZAFCO’s international presence from a small shop in the heart of Dubai to a global operation spanning 80 countries. He currently lives between Miami and Dubai and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and three kids.

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Asif Yusufzai

Executive Director and Board of Directors, ZAFCO Group

Asif Yusufzai is an Executive Director of the ZAFCO Group and belongs to the second generation of the family business. With a Finance & Economics degree from the University of Texas, Asif joined ZAFCO in 1992, and grew from managing a small distributions operation in Pakistan to overseeing ZAFCO’s evolution into a global operation. He currently oversees Pakistan, the Americas, and Far East Asia. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.

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Prayong Hirunyawanich

Board of Directors, ZAFCO Group

Prayong Hirunyawanich is on the Board of Directors of the ZAFCO Group. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA from New York University, Prayong’s past experiences include over 40 years of managerial positions across various industries including the President of TileCera Inc. in Tennessee and the President of the Michelin Siam Group in Thailand. Along with ZAFCO, Prayong is also an Independent Director at Somboon Advance Technology PLC and a member of the Strategic Committee of The Anti-Corruption Organization (Thailand).

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Heese Ahn

Chief Operating Officer, ZAFCO Group

Heese Ahn is the Chief Operating Office of the ZAFCO Group. A graduate of Myoung Ji University with a degree in English Literature, Heese started his career in the tire industry with Hankook Tire in 1986, and has held various positions at Hankook in different regions since then, with his most recent role as the President & COO of Hankook Tire in the USA.

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Giovanni Arrigone

Chief Operations Officer, ZAFCO International

Giovanni Arrigone is Chief Operation Officer of ZAFCO International. He joined the ZAFCO Group in 2013 after working Pirelli for 35 years in management positions at several of their international locations. In his free time he enjoys a good (or not so good) game of golf.

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Carl Casalbore

Chief Operations Officer, Armstrong Tire North America

Carl Casalbore heads the North American division of Armstrong. He joined ZAFCO International in 2010 and has helped grow ZAFCO’s house brands in the US market before eventually spearheading the re-introduction of the Armstrong brand in 2015. Carl comes with 30 years of experience in the tire industry and has worked in managerial positions for companies like Pirelli, Cooper, and BKT. In his free time, Carl likes to play with his two adorable grandchildren.

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Bill Armson

VP of Sales, West

Bill is currently the VP of Sales for the Western Division of ZAFCO International. Bill joined ZAFCO International in 2013 with over 40 years of experience in the tire industry, from ownership of 24 retail stores to regional and divisional duties with independent and Goodyear retail stores, as well as representation of Dunlop and Goodyear at a manufacturer level.

Bill accepted the challenge of using his long-term contacts and relationships to open doors and expand the reach of ZAFCO’s core brands into the U.S market.

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Paula Valencia

VP of Sales, Latin America & Florida

Paula Valencia is the VP of Sales for Latin America at ZAFCO International. She joined ZAFCO in 2006 after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science. She has been working in international sales with multiple companies in the tire industry throughout Latin America, and has most recently started working with local sales in her home state of Florida. After spending more than a decade working for ZAFCO, Paula believes that team work, honesty, passion, and work ethic is a major key for success.


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