Cummins Westport appoints East as president

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Cummins Westport Inc., a provider of high-performance alternative fuel engines for the global market, announced that the board of directors has appointed Roe C. East as president. East joins CWI from Cummins, most recently as the director of power systems marketing and business development, based in Columbus, Ind.

“Roe’s experience at Cummins in market development and strategy, OEM negotiations and business unit leadership will help drive CWI’s continued success and profitable growth, and provide a seamless transition to the future natural gas engine business,” says Michael Gallagher, chairman of CWI, based in Vancouver, B.C.

East has been responsible for development of a new business venture in Cummins Power Systems since 2007. Prior to that, he was the general manager of bus business, where he grew Cummins’ worldwide bus business — excluding CWI — 150 percent in five years. He has held several other management roles within Cummins, which include director positions responsible for engine business market strategy and product management, industrial marketing, construction markets and product planning. East will continue to be based in Columbus.

Guan Saw, CWI’s pesident since early 2005, helped grow CWI’s revenue from $42.3 million in fiscal 2006 to more than $67.3 million in fiscal 2008, an increase of more than 59 percent. “On behalf of the board of CWI, we thank Guan for his commitment and expertise in navigating CWI’s business these last several years,” says Steven Chapman, Cummins’ vice president of emerging markets. “We wish him every success in his new endeavours.”