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Meritor Makes Executive Changes as Part of Reorganization

January 17, 2013

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Meritor announced a series of organizational changes it says are designed to more closely align its overall structure with its recent business segment consolidation.


The company expects to report results under two segments: Commercial Truck & Industrial, and Aftermarket & Trailer.

Commercial Truck & Industrial

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Leading the Commercial Truck & Industrial segment in new and expanded roles under the direction of Tim Bowes, president, are the following:

- Joe Plomin is appointed vice president, Europe and Australia. In this role, Plomin is responsible for Meritor's brake and axle business in these regions. Previously, he was vice president, Global Brakes, Commercial Truck. Plomin is based in Europe.

- Chris Snodgrass, vice president, North America, is responsible for the company's brake, axle and specialty business in the region.

- Geoff Dong is appointed managing director, China, ASEAN and Japan. In this role, Dong is responsible for the planning and execution of all OE aftermarket business activities in these regions.

- Thimmaiah NP continues in his role as managing director of India. In this role, he leads all of Meritor's OE and aftermarket activities in India.

- Silvio Barros, managing director, South America, will assume an expanded role to include responsibility for the Aftermarket business in the region.

- Tim Burns, vice president, Global Defense and Off-Highway, will continue in his current role.

Additional appointments in the Commercial Truck & Industrial segment are:

- Brett Penzkofer is appointed general manager, Global Product Strategy. In this new role, Penzkofer will be responsible for creating, implementing and leading global product strategy and coordinating all product development activities. Previously, he served as senior director of Finance for the company's Commercial Truck business.

- Steve Gudgel will repatriate to the United States to become general manager, Global Business Initiatives. Gudgel will support a variety of programs designed to improve the overall efficiency of the business globally. Gudgel was previously the managing director of the company's axle and driveline business in Europe.

Aftermarket & Trailer

Under the direction of Pedro Ferro, president, Aftermarket & Trailer, the company announced the following appointments:

- Craig Frohock is appointed general manager, North America. Frohock will be responsible for the planning, organization and implementation of all sales, business strategies and policies in North America for the Aftermarket and Trailer business.

- Terry Livingston is appointed general manager, Global Product Management and Shared Services. Livingston will be responsible for developing and implementing business growth strategies for the global Aftermarket & Trailer business segment. Previously, Livingston was general manager, Aftermarket, United States and Canada.

- Michael Boe, managing director, Aftermarket, Europe, will continue in his current role.

More details of the restructuring program and its associated financial impact will be highlighted during the company's Analyst Day to be held in New York City on Feb. 5.

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