Sproson Timken’s New China President

Posted on August 28, 2012

The Timken Co. has appointed Peter M. Sproson to the position of president for the company's China business, succeeding Leong Fang, who plans to retire at the end of the year after a 28-year career at Timken. Sproson will lead the Timken business in China, the company's second-largest geographic sales region, and report to J. Ron Menning, senior vice president, Asia-Pacific.

Sproson most recently held the position of vice president – mobile industries within the Bearings and Power Transmissions segment. He joined the company in 1978 as a sales engineer in Europe and continued to advance his career in a variety of sales and marketing management positions. From 2003 to 2005, Sproson served as director of automotive sales in Europe and was named vice president of commercial transportation systems for Mobile Industries in 2009.

Fang retires after a long career, advancing to hold leadership positions in the United States and in Asia. Since starting his career in 1984, Fang held various management positions in engineering and sales, advancing to vice president in 1997 and general manager in 2005 of Timken's aerospace business. Fang served as vice president of sales and marketing in China before being named to his current position as president of China in 2007.