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Ivor J. Evans named new Meritor chairman, CEO and president

New Meritor chairman, CEO and president Ivor J. Evans has been a member of the Meritor board since 2005. (Courtesy: MERITOR)

The Trucker News Services

8/9/2013

TROY, Mich. —  Ivor J. Evans has been named chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Meritor Inc., the company’s board of directors announced Friday.

The appointment is effectively immediately.

Evans, a member of the board since 2005, has been serving as the company’s executive chairman, interim chief executive officer and president since May 3, 2013.

Evans replaces Chip McClure, who left the company earlier this year.

"After conducting an extensive search process that resulted in an impressive slate of internal and external candidates, our board is pleased to name Evans to the position,” David W. Devonshire, presiding director of the board, said. "The board is confident that Ike’s wealth of relevant operational, manufacturing and management experience, combined with the strength and continuity of the current management team, is the right formula to lead Meritor into the future.” 

“I strongly believe in this company and M2016 – the three-year plan we are executing designed to improve earnings, increase revenue and strengthen our balance sheet,” Evans said. “During the past three months, I’ve spent a great deal of time getting to know the leadership team here at Meritor, and I look forward to working with them as we move closer to the level of performance we want for our shareholders and for ourselves.”

Evans previously served as president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad from 1998 until 2004 and as vice chairman of Union Pacific Corp. from January 2004 until his retirement in March 2005. From 1989 to 1998, he served in various executive positions at Emerson Electric Company, including senior vice president, Industrial Components and Equipment.  He also spent 21 years serving in key operations roles for General Motors Corp.

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