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.
Mike Willis was appointed Chief Financial Officer in June of 2018. Prior to joining Westport Fuel Systems, Mr. Willis served as CFO of Gevo, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed renewable chemical and advanced biofuels company, from 2013 to 2018. He joined Gevo in 2012 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy. Prior to Gevo, Mr. Willis served as Operating Principal at Virgin Green Fund, a growth equity fund focused on the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors, from 2007 to 2013. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Willis was part of the Virgin Group, initially joining as Investment Manager of Virgin Management Limited and later as Principal of Virgin Fuels. He worked in corporate development, finance, and strategy roles assisting several of Virgin’s portfolio companies in executing their growth strategies and corporate finance transactions at senior management and board levels. Mr. Willis’ career also covers private equity and investment banking roles in the United States and Canada, working with companies spanning the retail, consumer products, manufacturing, services and technology sectors. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.
Thomas G. Rippon is Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President as of 2016. Mr. Rippon joined Westport Fuel Systems in September 2013 as Vice President, Mining and Rail. Mr. Rippon's experience includes an extensive tenure at General Motors (GM) in both North America and Asia. Mr. Rippon’s career began in 1972 at GM on the assembly line, and from there he was successively promoted. From 2001 to 2011, Mr. Rippon held a number of executive roles responsible for powertrain activities, including building an engine plant capable of producing 350,000 engines per year. Mr. Rippon's last position at GM was Global Program Manager - Powertrain where he was responsible for overall program management of five different joint ventures located in China, Korea, India and Uzbekistan while overseeing more than $1 billion in capital investment. From January 2012 to August 2013, he held the roles of Vice President Engineering, Vice President, and PMO at CODA Automotive, where he had responsibility for program execution, standardizing process and procedures, and change management. Mr. Rippon is currently a member of the board of directors of Cummins Westport Inc. He was active in his community and has served as a volunteer for organizations such as the American Women's Club, Boy Scouts of America, and YMCA.
Jim Arthurs is Executive Vice President, Electronics at Westport Fuel Systems. Mr. Arthurs joined Westport Fuel Systems in 2011 and has overseen the development of Westport’s heavy duty engine and fuel system technologies, including the High Pressure Direct Injection system. In November 2016, Jim took responsibility for the newly formed Electronics Group, with oversight of Electronic Control Unit hardware and software across Westport Fuel Systems. Jim is also Chairman of Cummins Westport Inc., a joint venture company owned equally by Cummins Inc. and Westport Fuel Systems that designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications such as trucks and buses. Previously, Jim was President of Cummins Westport Inc. from 2012 to 2013 and led the development of the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine. Prior to that, Jim was Vice President, Cryogenic Systems and Vice President, Operations for Westport. Prior to joining Westport, Jim was a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of i3 Transition Partners LLP, a management consulting firm that specializes in business assessments and helping companies plan for and implement strategic change. Over his career, Jim has held senior sales, operating and executive management positions at several companies including IBM and Weyerhaeuser. Jim was CIO at the Loewen Group and Managing Director of Operations for the Jim Pattison Group. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Western Forest Products Inc., an integrated forest products company. Jim holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.
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.