Board of Directors

Brenda J. Eprile

Brenda EprileBrenda J. Eprile (64) was appointed as Chair of Westport Fuel Systems' Board of Directors in February of 2017. Ms. Eprile joined the Board of Directors in October 2013. 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 holds the ICD.D designation. She has a MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University. She is the former chair of the board of Home Capital Group, a TSX listed company and led the board through a severe liquidity crisis in April 2017. She was recently appointed to the board of Olympia Trust Company, a Canadian-based financial institution.

 

Michele J. Buchignani

Michele J. BuchignaniMichele J. Buchignani (55) was appointed a member of the Westport Fuel Systems Board in March of 2018. Ms. Buchignani brings experience as a strategic business leader with extensive senior level experience in law, finance, private equity, strategy, governance and compensation. Ms. Buchignani is currently Chief Executive Officer of McLean Drive Consulting Ltd., a consulting firm to private equity owned and growth companies and also serves as Managing Partner of McLane Drive Holdings LP., a U.S. real estate holding company. Ms. Buchignani also sits on the board of directors of Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, a TSX listed 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 CAI Capital Partners V L.P. (formerly Firethorn Capital Partners, L.P.), White House Design Company Inc., and The Fraser Institute. 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.

 

Daniel M. Hancock

Daniel M. HancockDaniel M. Hancock (68) was appointed to the Board 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 and also serves on the board of directors of Cryoport Systems, Inc., a U.S. headquartered company listed on the NASDAQ. 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; CEO, 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 University), Michigan.

 

Anthony ("Tony") Harris

Tony Harris Anthony ("Tony") Harris (65), was appointed to the Board in June of 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 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 Bachelor of Science 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.

 

David M. Johnson

David M. Johnson, CEO David M. Johnson (52), was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2019 and is a member of the Westport Fuel Systems Board of Directors. Mr. Johnson is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience leading engine and vehicle development for automotive and commercial vehicle industries around the world. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Johnson served for ten years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Achates Power Inc. leading technical, commercial and corporate development to establish the organization as a leading developer of opposed-piston engines. Mr. Johnson’s distinguished career began in 1990 with Ford Motor Company in Truck Powertrain Planning. He subsequently held a variety of roles in engineering, product planning, program management, and strategic development with increasing responsibility. Since then Mr. Johnson has served in a variety of roles with leading automotive companies including senior roles at Navistar and General Motors. Mr. Johnson combines deep technical expertise with a decades-long career in international markets. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

 

Colin S. Johnston

Colin S. Johnston Colin S. Johnston (64), was appointed director in June of 2016. He currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Mr. Johnston served as a director of Fuel Systems Solutions Inc. from May 2014 to May 2016. Since 2013, Mr. Johnston has also been 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.

 

Rodney Nunn

Rodney Nunn Rodney Nunn (75), 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. KSR 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

Peter Yu Peter Yu (57), joined the Board of Directors in January 2016. Mr. Yu is Founder and Managing Partner of Cartesian, a global private equity firm with more than $2.5 billion under management. 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.

News Releases

May 9

Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Strong Revenue Growth in All Areas, Notably Westport HPDI 2.0 Sales

May 6

Publishes 2019 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders Results

Publishes 2019 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders Results

April 30

Westport Fuel Systems to Announce First Quarter Results on Thursday, May 9, 2019

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced today that it will disclose its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 after market close.

March 19

Westport Fuel Systems Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Strong 2018 Financial Performance and Continued Growth in 2019

March 8

Westport Fuel Systems to Announce Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Results on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced today that it will disclose its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 after market close.

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