Source: Meritor announcement

TROY, Mich. — Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) has announced several executive appointments, which are effective March 1, 2021.

These appointments align with the previously announced leadership transition in which Jay Craig, chief executive officer and president, will transition to the role of executive chairman of the Board of Directors on Feb. 28, 2021, and Chris Villavarayan, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will succeed Mr. Craig as chief executive officer and president, and a director on the company’s board.

“With this talented and experienced leadership team and the vast opportunities we see in our future, I look forward to this next chapter in Meritor’s story,” said Villavarayan. “I have worked closely with all of these leaders for many years and believe we have the most talented and capable team in the industry.”

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Tim Bowes is appointed senior vice president and president of Industrial and North America Aftermarket and will report directly to Villavarayan. He will also have responsibility for Meritor’s Procurement organization and global operational strategy.

Bowes rejoined Meritor in 2020 after serving as president of American Axle’s casting business until 2019 and its vice president of Strategy and Business Development before that. Prior to joining American Axle, he was CEO and president at Transtar Corporation. From 2005-2013, he served in various executive positions at Meritor that included vice president of Commercial Truck, vice president of Industrial, and vice president and managing director of Meritor’s Asia Pacific business.

Ken Hogan is appointed senior vice president and president of Truck, Europe and Asia Pacific, and will report to Villavarayan. In this expanded role, he will now also have responsibility for the company’s business in India and Australia.

Hogan has been with Meritor since 2008. Most recently, he was vice president of the company’s truck business in China, Japan and the ASEAN, and currently resides near the company’s manufacturing operation in Italy. Prior to joining Meritor, Hogan held progressive leadership positions with Detroit Diesel Corp. and worked for Booz Allen Hamilton Automotive and Industrial practice.

John Nelligan is appointed senior vice president and president of Truck, Americas, and will report to Villavarayan. In this expanded role, Nelligan will now have responsibility for the company’s truck business in North and South America.

Prior to this position, Nelligan was group vice president of the company’s truck business in North America and before that led the company’s Sales and Service division. Before joining Meritor in 2010, Nelligan was a dealer principal and partner at Harper Truck Centres, Inc. in Canada after spending nine years at Western Star Trucking and Daimler Trucks North America.

The company also announced in this round of executive appointments that Tim Heffron, senior vice president of Human Resources and chief information officer, will be leaving the company at the end of February.

As part of this transition, Ryan Olivier has been appointed to the position of vice president and chief information officer, and will report to Carl Anderson, senior vice president and chief financial officer. He will have overall responsibility for the strategy, development and deployment of company technology and infrastructure that support business objectives.

Olivier began his career with Meritor in 2001 and has held various roles with increasing responsibilities in Purchasing, Supply Chain and Information Systems. Most recently, he served as vice president of Global IS Business Solutions and Service Delivery.

Darrell Whitney has been appointed vice president and chief human resources officer and will report directly to Villavarayan. He will have overall responsibility for managing human resource strategies to support business objectives, compensation and benefits, training and development, recruitment and staffing, and diversity and inclusion.

 Whitney joined Meritor in 2008 as director of Procurement where he spent the next eight years. In 2016, he joined HR where he held positions of increasing responsibility.

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