Cummins Westport reshufles managment

Cummins Westport said it has made changes to its Board of Directors and Management.

These changes are part of the 50/50 Joint Venture Agreement between Cummins and Westport Innovations.

CWI said in a statement that Ed Pence, Cummins Vice President, High Horsepower Engine Business is stepping down as Chairman of CWI upon completion of his three-year term with Jim Arthurs, Executive Vice President, Heavy Duty Systems of Westport elected as new Chairman of CWI.

Lori Thompson, Vice President – Engine Business Marketing, Cummins has been named to the Board of Directors.

Management team went through several changes as well including Pervez Akhtar, Business Unit Controller at of Westport who also held positions at Siemens AG, Cooper Industries and Linamar Corporation. Akhtar has been appointed Controller of CWI.

Gord Exel is stepping down as President of CWI at the end of his term and will be returning to a new assignment at Westport, while Rob Neitzke, formerly General Manager of the Construction Segment of Cummins off-highway engine business, has been appointed President of CWI. Exel will continue to work in a support capacity with Neitzke over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

In addition to Arthurs and Thompson, the following have been elected to the CWI Board of Directors for a one-year term:

  • Ashoka Achuthan, Chief Financial Officer of Westport;
  • Dean Cantrell, Automotive (On-Highway) Business Controller, Cummins;
  • Roe East, General Manager, Heavy-Duty and Midrange On-Highway Natural Gas Business, Cummins;
  • Thomas Rippon, Executive Vice President, Global Engineering of Westport.

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