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 a member of the Audit Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and 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. She was appointed to the Board of Directors 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. 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.
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 chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. 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. He is chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. 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 and 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.
David M. Johnson 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 development for automotive and commercial vehicle industries around the world. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Johnson served 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 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.
Strong 2018 Financial Performance and Continued Growth in 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.
Westport HPDI 2.0™ Meets 2025 Targets Today
Westport Fuel Systems Inc today announced that Michael Willis has resigned as its Chief Financial Officer.
Nancy Gougarty to Remain During a Transition Period