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Cummins Westport Names New President, Makes Board Changes

December 1, 2017

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Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of CWI, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Photo via LinkedIn. 
Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of CWI, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Photo via LinkedIn.

Cummins Westport Inc. has announced changes in its senior management and board of directors that are to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 as part of the 50/50 joint venture agreement between Cummins and Westport Fuel Systems.

Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of CWI after previously serving as the vice president and managing director of Prins Autogassystemen BV, a Westport Fuel Systems company based in the Netherlands.

Chad Mobley has been appointed controller of CWI. He served previously as the controller of central supply chain operations for Cummins.

They are replacing Rob Neitzke and Pervez Akhtar, respectively. Both Neitzke and Akhtar will be returning to management positions at Cummins and Westport Fuel Systems, respectively.

“The Board of CWI would like to sincerely thank Rob Neitzke and Pervez Akhtar for their strong leadership of the business over the past three years,” said Jim Arthurs, chairman of CWI. “During that period CWI has sold over 23,000 natural gas engines and continued to successfully penetrate key markets including transit buses, refuse collection trucks and on-highway trucks.”

CWI also made changes to its board of directors, adding Lori Thompson as  the new chairman of CWI for a three-year term, replacing Jim Arthurs who will remain on the board.

In addition to Thompson and Arthurs, the following have been elected to the CWI Board of Directors for a one-year term:

  • Ashoka Achuthan, Chief Financial Officer, Westport Fuel Systems
  • Roe East, Director, Medium Duty/Light Duty Product Management, Cummins
  • Timo Lehtiniitty, Controller – Joint Ventures, Engine Business, Cummins
  • Jim Mancuso, General Manager, GFI Product Line, Westport Fuel Systems

“We welcome Bart van Aerle, Chad Mobley, Timo Lehtiniitty and Jim Mancuso to their new roles with CWI,” stated Lori Thompson, Chairman-elect. “All of them bring excellent skills and experience to the CWI team and we look forward to continued growth and success of the business.”

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