Cummins Westport changes management, board of directors

VANCOUVER, BC- Cummins Westport (CWI) has made changes to both its board of directors and management in accordance with the terms of the 50/50 joint venture agreement between Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations Inc.

Board of directors changes:

  • Ed Pence, Cummins vice president, high horsepower engine business, is stepping down as chairman of CWI upon completion of his three-year term;
  • Jim Arthurs, executive vice president, heavy duty systems of Westport, has been elected chairman of CWI;
  • Lori Thompson, vice president – engine business marketing, Cummins Inc., is joining the Board of Directors;
  • Ashoka Achuthan, chief financial officer of Westport will serve on the board of directors for a one-year term;
  • Dean Cantrell, automotive (on-highway) business controller, Cummins Inc., will serve on the board of directors for a one-year term;
  • Roe East, general manager, heavy-duty and midrange on-highway natural gas business, Cummins Inc., will serve on the board of directors for a one-year term;
  • Thomas Rippon, executive vice president, global engineering of Westport will serve on the board of directors for a one-year term.

Management changes:

  • Pervez Akhtar, business unit controller of Westport has been appointed controller of CWI. Akhtar has previously held positions at Siemens AG, Cooper Industries, and Linamar Corporation.
  • 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.
  • Rob Neitzke, formerly general manager of the construction segment of Cummins’ off-highway engine business, has been appointed president of CWI.

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