Brenda J. Eprile was appointed as Chair of the Corporation in February of 2017 and brings extensive financial experience and acumen. Ms. Eprile joined the Board in October of 2013 and is Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Eprile's familiarity with Westport Fuel Systems as a former Advisory Board member and her deep understanding of public companies is valuable to Westport Fuel Systems as it continues to grow and business evolves. Ms. Eprile is the owner and principal at Eprile & Company Inc., a boutique consulting firm serving a wide variety of clients on a range of regulatory and compliance issues. From 2000 to 2012, Ms. Eprile was a Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and led the Risk Advisory Services practice. From 1985 to 1997, Ms. Eprile had a distinguished career as a securities regulator in Canada, having held the positions of both Executive Director and Chief Accountant at the Ontario Securities Commission. Ms. Eprile is a Fellow Certified Professional Accountant (FCPA), and received an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2013. She has an Honours Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business, York University. She is a director and Chair of Home Capital Group, a TSX listed company and serves on the board of a privately owned securities dealer. She is a director and audit committee Chair of War Child Canada. She is the past Chair of the Board of Canada's National Ballet School.
Michele J. Buchignani was appointed a member of the Westport Fuel Systems Advisory Board in September of 2017. Ms. Buchignani brings experience as a strategic business leader with extensive senior level experience in law, finance, private equity, strategy, governance and compensation. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of McLean Drive Consulting Ltd., a consulting firm to private equity owned and growth companies; and Managing Partner of McLane Drive Holdings LP., a U.S. real estate holding company. Previously, Ms. Buchignani held executive positions including as a Director with Teachers’ Private Capital, the private equity arm of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in Toronto from 2005 to 2009; Managing Director and Head of the Private Equity Funds Group at CIBC Capital Partners in Toronto and New York from 1999 to 2003; and Managing Director and Canadian General Counsel for CIBC World Markets from 1996 to 1999. From 1989 to 1996, she practiced corporate law in Toronto and London at Stikeman Elliott and was elected as a partner in 1995. Ms. Buchignani holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She serves in board and advisory positions with several corporate and not-for-profit organizations including Firethorn Capital Partners, L.P., White House Design Company Inc., The Fraser Institute, and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Ms. Buchignani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in English from the University of British Columbia and a JD from the University of Toronto. She also completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
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.
Daniel M. Hancock was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2017, having previously joined the Company’s Advisory Board in March of 2017. Mr. Hancock is currently President of DMH Strategic Consulting LLC. Mr. Hancock retired from General Motors ("GM") in 2011, after 43 years of service in GM’s powertrain engineering and general management functions. His last position with GM was Vice President, Global Strategic Product Alliances. During this period he served as Chairman of GM’s DMAX and VM Motori diesel engine joint ventures with Isuzu and Fiat, respectively. Mr. Hancock’s previous appointments at GM included: Vice President, Global Powertrain Engineering; Chief Executive Officer, Fiat-GM Powertrain; and President, Allison Transmission Division. He now serves in board and advisory positions with several organizations focusing on new powertrain technologies and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. He was President of SAE International in 2014 and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree also in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering), Michigan.
Anthony (“Tony”) Harris was appointed to the Board of Directors in June of 2016. Mr. Harris served as a director of Fuel Systems from December 2013 to May 2016. Since 2006, Mr. Harris has served as president and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company ("CSECO"), a manufacturer of contraband, explosives, and "dirty bomb" detection equipment. Prior to its acquisition of CSECO, he had served as vice president of marketing for Calpine Corporation since 2001, where he was responsible for brand management, marketing strategy development and execution, new product development, advertising and sales training. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Harris was with PG&E Energy Services, where he served as vice president of National Account Services and Western Region sales. From 1992 to 1997 he was with Pacific Gas and Electric Company ("PG&E") where he served as Director of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Division Manager, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and president of Standard Pacific Gas Line, Inc., respectively. Mr. Harris worked at Ford Motor Company as a Production Supervisor from 1979 to 1981, at Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation as a Program Manager from 1981 to 1986, at Anaheim Lincoln Mercury as a General Manager from 1986 to 1987 and at Sonoma Ford Lincoln/Mercury as President & CEO from 1987 to 1992. Mr. Harris holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was named a Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in 1999, a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 2008 and awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Purdue in 2013. Mr. Harris is a founder of the National Society of Black Engineers and currently serves as Chair of its National Advisory Board.
Colin Johnston was appointed director in June of 2016 and is a Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Mr. Johnston served as a director of Fuel Systems from May 2014 to May 2016. He currently also serves as Chairman of the statutory audit committee of CLN group, a global automotive component supplier headquartered in Italy. Prior to that, Mr. Johnston worked for over 35 years in the international accounting profession, including 22 years as a partner in Arthur Andersen, then Deloitte & Touche in Italy through 2012. Mr. Johnston has extensive experience in auditing, accounting, financial reporting, internal control and governance for multinational corporations, primarily in the manufacturing sector (in the automotive, aerospace, consumer products and textile industries). While in professional practice, he worked as lead client service partner for major public and private Italian groups, including foreign registrants with the SEC, as well as for Italian subsidiaries of US groups. Mr. Johnston is a graduate of Oxford University, a UK chartered accountant and a registered statutory auditor in Italy.
Scott Mackie was appointed to Westport Fuel Systems Board of Directors in September 2016. Mr. Mackie is Vice President & General Manager of Shaw Development, a company specializing in the design, development and manufacturing of custom fluid management solutions. Mr. Mackie previously was President of Qualitor Inc.'s International Brakes Industries division - a leading supplier of safety and wear parts for the automotive aftermarket. Prior to International Brake, Mr. Mackie served as Vice President of Business Development and Mergers and Acquisitions for Navistar Inc. and President and CEO of Weld Racing, a global leader in forged aluminum racing and street performance wheels. In addition, during a 30-year career with General Motors held a number of senior executive leadership roles in North America and Europe including six years as general manager of ACDeIco's global operations. Mr. Mackie holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (Kettering) and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago.
Wade Nesmith joined the Board of Directors in June 2017. Mr. Nesmith founded Primero Mining Corp. in 2007 and currently acts as its Chairman. In addition, he served as a director of Silver Wheaton Corp. from 2004 to 2016. Mr. Nesmith joined Westport Innovations (now Westport Fuel Systems) as a founding director in 1996 and served as director to 2000 while also holding various positions with the company until 2003, including President, Western Europe and VP of Strategic Development. He was responsible for capital markets as well as all operations in Europe including OEM relationships. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Nesmith was an associate counsel at Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP), where he had also previously been counsel and partner. Mr. Nesmith has also been a director of Polymer Group, Inc., Broadpoint Securities and Oxford Automotive. He served as the Superintendent of Brokers for the Province of British Columbia from 1989 to 1992, and obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977.
Rodney Nunn joined the Board of Directors in March 2016. Mr. Nunn served as President and Chief Executive Officer of KSR International Co. from 1976 to 2011 and from November 2015 until present. KSR is an industry leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of an array of automotive products, including sensors, electronic throttle controls, steering system control modules, MOSFET power modules and adjustable & fixed pedals. KSR’s production facilities are strategically located globally on four continents. The company is a vertically integrated manufacturing company located near its customers to provide quick response, cost containment and local expertise. Executive and engineering offices are headquartered in Ridgetown, Ontario (Canada) and sales are in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Rod graduated from Technical College in England in 1963 with a U.E.I. and City of Guilds Certificate in Industrial Engineering.
Peter Yu joined the Board of Directors in January 2016. Mr. Yu is Founder and Managing Partner of Cartesian Capital Group, a global private equity firm with more than $2.5 billion under management. Mr. Yu directs a team of twenty-five professionals on four continents, managing capital for leading institutional investors around the world. Prior to founding Cartesian, Mr. Yu founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG Capital Partners. He built AIG Capital Partners into a leading global private equity firm with $4.5 billion under management. Over his career, Mr. Yu has initiated, negotiated and executed numerous innovative and successful investments across a wide range of industries and geographies. He has served as a director and advisor to more than two dozen industry-leading companies. Prior to founding AIG Capital Partners, Mr. Yu served President Bill Clinton as Director to the National Economic Council in the White House. In that capacity, he managed a number of domestic and international economic policy initiatives and priorities. Mr. Yu graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Yu served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and to Chief Judge Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Yu received his B.A. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Westport Fuel Systems Inc. today announced the appointment of Mike Willis as Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") effective June 11, 2018. Ashoka Achuthan, Westport Fuel Systems current CFO, will step down from his position but continue to serve as an advisor to the leadership team through a transition period.
Revenue Guidance Adjusted to Reflect Sale
Performance on Track
Westport Fuel Systems Inc. held its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.
Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced today that it will disclose its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 on Friday, May 11, 2018 before market open. To coincide with the disclosure, Westport Fuel Systems has also scheduled a conference call for Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:30 am Eastern Time.