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Westport Fuel Systems Inc.

Westport Fuel Systems Inc.

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Westport Fuel Systems Inc., a transportation technology company, provides low-emission engine and fuel system technologies utilizing gaseous fuels in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. The company operates in four segments: Automotive, Industrial, Corporate and Technology Investments, and Cummins Westport Joint Venture. It designs, manufactures, and sells compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) components and systems to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers. The company also designs, manufactures, tests, certifies, and sells components, such as pressure regulators, injectors, electronic control units, valves, filters, and bi-fuel, mono-fuel, and dual-fuel LPG and CNG conversion kits under the BRC Gas Equipment, Emer, OMVL, Valtek, Prins, Zavoli, GFI, and TA Gas Technology brands; fuel system components include vaporizers, and CNG and LPG tank valves; CUBOGAS branded CNG compressors and refueling systems; LPG injection systems; diesel and CNG engines; natural gas fuel systems; and Westport WiNG power system vehicles. In addition, it designs and manufactures alternative fuel components and systems for off-road mobile and stationary equipment, and heavy-duty on-road vehicles, as well as develops complete emissions certified and non-certified engines for forklifts and other industrial equipment under the IMPCO, Westport, and GFI brands. Further, the company offers natural gas engines for transit, school, and shuttle buses; conventional trucks and tractors; refuse collection trucks; and specialty vehicles, such as short-haul port drayage trucks and street sweepers. The company was formerly known as Westport Innovations Inc. and changed its name to Westport Fuel Systems Inc. in June 2016. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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Westport Fuel Systems Inc., a transportation technology company, provides low-emission engine and fuel system technologies utilizing gaseous fuels in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. The company operates in four segments: Automotive, Industrial, Corporate and Technology Investments, and Cummins Westport Joint Venture. It designs, manufactures, and sells compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) components and systems to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers. The company also designs, manufactures, tests, certifies, and sells components, such as pressure regulators, injectors, electronic control units, valves, filters, and bi-fuel, mono-fuel, and dual-fuel LPG and CNG conversion kits under the BRC Gas Equipment, Emer, OMVL, Valtek, Prins, Zavoli, GFI, and TA Gas Technology brands; fuel system components include vaporizers, and CNG and LPG tank valves; CUBOGAS branded CNG compressors and refueling systems; LPG injection systems; diesel and CNG engines; natural gas fuel systems; and Westport WiNG power system vehicles. In addition, it designs and manufactures alternative fuel components and systems for off-road mobile and stationary equipment, and heavy-duty on-road vehicles, as well as develops complete emissions certified and non-certified engines for forklifts and other industrial equipment under the IMPCO, Westport, and GFI brands. Further, the company offers natural gas engines for transit, school, and shuttle buses; conventional trucks and tractors; refuse collection trucks; and specialty vehicles, such as short-haul port drayage trucks and street sweepers. The company was formerly known as Westport Innovations Inc. and changed its name to Westport Fuel Systems Inc. in June 2016. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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Management

Nancy S. Gougarty

Nancy S. Gougarty, was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July of 2016 and is a member of the Westport Fuel Systems Board of Directors. Prior to her appointment, she was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in July of 2013 and she served on the Board from February of 2013 to July of 2013. Ms. Gougarty served as the Vice President for TRW Automotive Corporation operations in the Asia-Pacific region from 2008 to 2012. Joining TRW in 2005, her previous positions included vice president of product planning, business planning and business development, and Vice President of braking, electronics and modules for Asia Pacific. Based at the Asia- Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China, Ms. Gougarty oversaw the operations of more than 30 plants in the region. She directed the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans and worked to enhance strategic relationships with customers and joint venture partners in the region. Ms. Gougarty’s distinguished career began in 1978 when she started with GM’s Packard Electric Division, first as an industrial engineer; she later took on various roles in application engineering, finance, operations, and sales and engineering with increasing responsibility. In 1997, she was named Managing Director for GM’s joint venture in Shanghai, followed by a series of appointments accountable for strategic growth in Asian countries. After the successful post as the Director for Delphi Packard, Asia Pacific, Ms. Gougarty spent three years leading Delphi’s largest account as Global Account Director GM, until becoming the Vice President for Delphi Automotive Systems, Japan and Korea. Ms. Gougarty is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. She holds an EMBA degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati. A community service advocate, Ms. Gougarty serves as Advisor to the President of Marietta College, Ohio and is a member of the board of TriMas Corporation.

Ashoka Achuthan

Ashoka Achuthan was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in June 2014. Mr. Achuthan has been with Westport since November 2013 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations. In this role, he oversaw all operational finance activities within Westport, including financial management of ongoing business operations as well as investments; financial planning, forecasting and reporting; and developing and tracking key performance metrics. Prior to joining Westport, he was CFO at CODA Holdings Inc. between 2011 and 2013, where he held full responsibility for all financial management aspects of the company including the initial public offering filing, organizational readiness for vehicle launch, supply chain management, and development of the battery based power storage business. His career includes over 20 years with Siemens in Asia, Europe and North America. His last position at Siemens was Executive Vice President and CFO of Siemens VDO Automotive Inc. where he helped drive profitability and grow the business from $1.2 billion to $3.2 billion in revenues between 2000 and 2005. Ashoka has also held roles as CFO at Cooper Power Systems Inc. between 2005 and 2008; CFO at ATC Technologies Corp between 2008 and 2010; and the CFO at Key Plastics LLC in 2010. Ashoka earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bombay, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Andrea Alghisi

Andrea Alghisi was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Westport Fuel Systems Automotive & Industrial Group in June 2016, after the completion of the merger between Westport Innovations Inc. and Fuel Systems Solutions Inc. Mr. Alghisi joined Fuel Systems in March 2016 as COO, having previously held the position of interim COO in 2015 when he was with AP Services, LLC, an affiliate of AlixPartners, LLP. Mr Alghisi joined Fuel Systems from McKinsey & Co. Previously, he was a Managing Director of AlixPartners, a financial advisory firm specializing in business performance improvement and corporate restructuring initiatives, where he was Core member of the EMEA Automotive & Industrial Goods practice. Mr. Alghisi has more than 20 years of professional experience primarily dedicated to leading turnaround, performance improvement and growth strategy programs in the automotive and industrial goods industry. He has worked for 12 years at AlixPartners, supporting investors and management of industrial companies developing and implementing competitive strategies and turnaround programs. Mr. Alghisi led several transformation and cost reduction programs for large European Automotive OEMs and carried out turnaround activities for several companies in Automotive and Industrial Goods Industries. Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2003, Mr. Alghisi worked for 10 years both as a manager in Fiat Group and as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where he performed major performance improvement and growth strategy programs for the Automotive and Industrial goods practice and the consumer and retail practice. Mr. Alghisi received his degree in mechanical engineering from Politecnico of Torino, Italy. Mr. Alghisi received his Master of Business Administration from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Mr. Alghisi is an occasional lecturer and contributor to conferences and publications on the subjects of automotive industry and corporate restructuring.

Thomas G. Rippon

Thomas G. Rippon is Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering as of 2016. Mr. Rippon joined Westport Fuel Systems in September 2013 as Vice President, Mining and Rail. Mr. Rippon’s experience includes an extensive tenure at General Motors (GM) in both North America and Asia. Mr. Rippon’s career began in 1972 at GM on the assembly line, and from there he was successively promoted. From 2001 to 2011, Mr. Rippon held a number of executive roles responsible for powertrain activities, including building an engine plant capable of producing 350,000 engines per year. Mr. Rippon’s last position at GM was Global Program Manager – Powertrain where he was responsible for overall program management of five different joint ventures located in China, Korea, India and Uzbekistan while overseeing more than $1 billion in capital investment. From January 2012 to August 2013, he held the roles of Vice President Engineering, Vice President, and PMO at CODA Automotive, where he had responsibility for program execution, standardizing process and procedures, and change management. Mr. Rippon is currently a member of the board of directors of Cummins Westport Inc. He was active in his community and has served as a volunteer for organizations such as the American Women’s Club, Boy Scouts of America, and YMCA.

Jack Keaton

Jack Keaton is Executive Vice President of the Westport Fuel Systems Innovation Group as of June 2016. Mr. Keaton oversees operations including program management, supply chain, product & operational planning, business development, and human resources. Prior to joining Westport Fuel Systems in April 2014, Mr. Keaton was Senior Vice-President of Vehicle Programs & Development at Tata Technologies Ltd. where he played a key role in product development and organizational structure, working with clients in India. Prior to Tata Technologies, Jack worked with General Motors for 27 years in various countries, functions and joint ventures around the globe. His last position with GM was Global Vehicle Line Executive for Mini-cars in Korea. Among his many accomplishments in this role was the development and launch of the current Chevrolet Spark as well as championing the MyLink® Radio/Information system which became the GM global standard for all non-luxury production cars. Mr. Keaton was also a Manufacturing Engineer for a division of Hughes Tools (Now Baker Hughes) after serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Jack has a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and an MBA from Harvard University.

James (Jim) Arthurs

Jim Arthurs is Executive Vice President, Electronics at Westport Fuel Systems. Mr. Arthurs joined Westport Fuel Systems in 2011 and has overseen the development of Westport’s heavy duty engine and fuel system technologies, including the High Pressure Direct Injection system. In November 2016, Jim took responsibility for the newly formed Electronics Group, with oversight of Electronic Control Unit hardware and software across Westport Fuel Systems. Jim is also Chairman of Cummins Westport Inc., a joint venture company owned equally by Cummins Inc. and Westport Fuel Systems that designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications such as trucks and buses. Previously, Jim was President of Cummins Westport Inc. from 2012 to 2013 and led the development of the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine. Prior to that, Jim was Vice President, Cryogenic Systems and Vice President, Operations for Westport. Prior to joining Westport, Jim was a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of i3 Transition Partners LLP, a management consulting firm that specializes in business assessments and helping companies plan for and implement strategic change. Over his career, Jim has held senior sales, operating and executive management positions at several companies including IBM and Weyerhaeuser. Jim was CIO at the Loewen Group and Managing Director of Operations for the Jim Pattison Group. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Western Forest Products Inc., an integrated forest products company. Jim holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.

 

 

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