Will Shepherd Move from ‘R&D Mode to International Product Delivery’
Westport Innovations has named board member and former TRW executive Nancy Gougarty as president and chief operating officer. “The change in roles for Nancy is part of Westport’s progression from research and development into an organization focused on the global commercialization of a wide range of products,” the company said Friday.
Westport has shifted from an early emphasis on high pressure direct injection technology – commercialized primarily for over-the-road trucks – to a present-day product mix ranging from LNG tenders (fuel cars) for natural gas locomotives to CNG upfits of Ford pickups and vans. In the latter area, Westport late last month acquired BAF Technologies from Clean Energy Fuels for $30 million (F&F, June 29).
“Nancy brings valuable direction and experience in product delivery execution from her roles in the global automotive sector,” Westport CEO David Demers said in a release. “Nancy will play a key role in implementing our strategic priorities, supporting Westport in meeting the challenges of operating a global business and driving Westport’s financial success with her experience in operations and international product sales.”
On the Westport Board Since February
Gougarty was appointed to the Westport board in February. She served as Asia-Pacific VP for TRW Automotive, with responsibility for profit and loss, from January 2008 to 2012 – TRW sales for Asia-Pacific were reported at $2.3 billion in 2011, Westport says. Her previous positions included VP of product planning, business planning and business development.
Gougarty has also been managing director of General Motors’ joint venture in Shanghai, and a director of Delphi Packard Asia Pacific.
Westport (Toronto:WPT and NASDAQ:WPRT) will disclose its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30 this Thursday, August 1.
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