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Meritor makes executive commercial truck and industrial appointments

Joe Plomin most recently served as vice president, international operations, during which time he relocated to Europe. Prior to that, he was vice president of Truck Americas for Meritor.

The Trucker News Services

2/21/2014

TROY, Mich. — Meritor, Inc. Thursday announced two executive appointments in its Commercial Truck & Industrial business.

Joe Plomin has been named president, International, Europe and Asia Pacific, and Chris Villavarayan has been appointed president, Americas, responsible for the company’s North and South America Truck, Defense and Specialty businesses.

Plomin and Villavarayan will report to Jay Craig, senior vice president and president of Commercial Truck & Industrial for Meritor.

“These appointments represent our strong bench of leadership talent within the company,” Craig said. “Joe and Chris have an excellent understanding of our industry, combined with a strong manufacturing background and international business experience.”

Plomin most recently served as vice president, international operations, during which time he relocated to Europe. Prior to that, he was vice president of Truck Americas for Meritor.

Before joining Meritor in 2007, he was president of Remy International’s Electrical Division and senior vice president/general manager of its heavy-duty business unit. Before joining Remy, Plomin was president of Stewart Warner Instruments.

He has more than 20 years of experience in heavy duty and automotive component development, marketing and sales. Plomin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

Villavarayan most recently served as vice president, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Meritor. Previously, he was managing director for Meritor India where he lived for two years. During that time, he led Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems (India) Ltd., a joint venture with the Kalyani Group in Mysore, India. Prior to that, Villavarayan was general manager, Operations Planning and Strategy at Meritor. He holds a bachelor of science in engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Meritor Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

Based in Troy, Mich., Meritor is made up of more than 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries.

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