ArvinMeritor has announced a series of executive changes within its global operations, as well as a new Emissions Technology Group. The following changes, effective Sept. 1, were announced by Chip McClure, ArvinMeritor’s chairman, chief executive officer and president:
Philip R. Martens is named senior vice president and president of the company’s Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business – he most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Plastech Engineered Products. Martens will succeed Juan De La Riva, who is retiring after 12 years at ArvinMeritor and more than 30 years in the automotive industry. Martens will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the company’s passenger vehicle components, modules and systems business, including the aperture and undercarriage businesses.
Carsten J. Reinhardt is named senior vice president and president of the company’s Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) business. Reinhardt previously held the position of CEO and president of Detroit Diesel Corp., a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG. Reinhardt succeeds Tom Gosnell, who is retiring after 27 years at ArvinMeritor. To ensure a smooth transition for the CVS business, Gosnell will remain an ArvinMeritor consultant. Reinhardt will be responsible for the overall strategic management of the company’s global commercial vehicle components and customer-focused services – both for OE production and the aftermarket.
H.H. “Buddy” Wacaser is named senior vice president and president of the newly formed Emissions Technology Group. The Emissions Technology organization will be devoted to the ongoing development and operations of both light- and heavy-vehicle emissions technologies and products. Wacaser will be responsible for overall strategic management of the group. Wacaser most recently served as president and CEO of Meridian Automotive Systems.
Martens, Reinhardt and Wacaser will report to Chip McClure.
ArvinMeritor’s Light Vehicle Emissions and Commercial Vehicle Emissions businesses will become part of the newly formed Emissions Technology Group. “We see tremendous opportunities for growth in the emissions arena and believe this new, focused group will help us maintain our leadership position in this growing market segment,” says McClure.