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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Carl Casalbore

President & Chief Operations Officer, North America

Carl Casalbore heads the North American division of ZAFCO. 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.


Chris Tolbert

VP of Sales, East

Chris Tolbert is a veteran of the tire industry and comes to  ZAFCO International with over thirty years of experience. He oversees the growth of ZAFCO’s house brands in the East. Prior to joining ZAFCO, Chris was the Director of Business Development Automotive at American Kenda Rubber, Senior Sales Director at Nexen Tire America, and has held sales positions at GiTi Tire, Tire Centers, and Ziegler Tire. For relaxation in his free time, Chris likes to grill with his family, go for bike rides, and golf

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John Thomas

VP of Sales, West

John Thomas comes to ZAFCO with over 35 years of experience in the tire industry. With a degree in Management from the University of Utah, John has previously worked with key domestic and non-domestic manufacturers and has a proven track record of impacting sales revenue and effectively managing sales teams. He is experienced with both passenger and commercial sales and has held positions like Executive VP of Sales, National Commercial Sales Director, and Director of Sales. In his free time, John enjoys vigorous off-roading in the sand dunes of Utah with his 4X4 Can AM Turbo.

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Paula Valencia

VP of Sales, Latin America & Mexico

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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