Philip R. Martens named senior vice president and president, Light Vehicle Systems; Juan De La Riva to retire
...Philip R. Martens is named senior vice president and president of the company's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business -- he most recently served as president and COO of Plastech Engineered Products.Martens will succeed Juan De La Riva, who is retiring after 12 years at ArvinMeritor and more than 30 years in the automotive industry.
will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the company's passenger vehicle components, modules and systems business, including the aperture and undercarriage businesses.
"With our increased focus on improving margins, we are confident that Phil
will deliver the results we expect in maximizing operating efficiencies, while enhancing LVS performance and maintaining our strong position in the global markets we serve."
, Reinhardt and Wacaser will report to Chip McClure.
...Philip R. MartensMartens most recently served as president and COO of Plastech Engineered Products.Martens managed the company's operations, sales, purchasing, product development, information technology, new business development and industrial design.He joined Plastech after its acquisition of LDM, which grew revenue from $300 million to approximately $1 billion.Before joining Plastech in 2005, Martens spent more than 18 years in various leadership positions with Ford Motor Co., including as: group vice president of Product Creation, vice president of North American Product Creation and vice president of North American Product Development.Martens joined Ford in 1987 and held various engineering positions until 1999, when he was named managing director of Planning, Design and Product Development of Mazda Motor Corp. in Hiroshima, Japan.Martens holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Lawrence Technical Institution, a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.