Auto Industry Authority, MaryAnn Wright Joins Fallbrook Technologies' Board of Directors

Auto Industry Authority, MaryAnn Wright Joins Fallbrook Technologies' Board of 
Directors 
- To provide advice and assistance with commercialization of NuVinci® 
technology - 
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook), a 
pioneering technology company dedicated to improving the performance and 
flexibility of transmissions for engine and human-powered devices, announced 
today that MaryAnn Wright has joined its board of directors. 
Ms. Wright is Vice President, Global Technology and Innovation for Johnson 
Controls Power Solutions and is an industry authority in technology, auto, 
finance, and operations.  At Johnson Controls Power Solutions, she currently 
leads the Research and Development organization responsible for establishing 
Power Solutions technology and innovation roadmap, value chain strategies.  
She began her career at Ford Motor Company in 1988, holding a variety of 
positions in finance, product and business planning, and engineering and 
subsequently served as Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid 
Vehicle Programs where she was responsible for all hybrid, fuel cell and 
alternative fuel technology development. Ms. Wright also served as Chief 
Engineer of the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, the industry's first full hybrid SUV. 
 In 2005, she led the launch of Ford's first hydrogen-powered fuel cell fleet 
program. 
"The recent strategic transactions with Allison Transmission and Dana Corp 
demonstrate the impact of Fallbrook's NuVinci technology as a potential 'game 
changer' in the world of transmissions.  This technology has the potential to 
be very beneficial in a wide variety of other power management applications," 
said Wright.  "I'm looking forward to helping the Fallbrook team sort out 
their plans and priorities in pursuit of future NuVinci business." 
Instead of the traditional gear and clutch mechanisms found in conventional 
transmissions, a NuVinci transmission utilizes a set of rotating spheres that 
are arranged around a central "sun" that transfers torque between two "rings." 
 Tilting the spheres changes their contact diameters on the rings, permitting 
an infinite progression of speed ratios.  The result is a smooth, seamless and 
continuous transition to any ratio within its range, maximizing overall 
powertrain efficiency and ride quality. 
"MaryAnn Wright knows the automotive industry inside and out, and understands 
the challenges OEMs are facing," said William G. Klehm, III, Fallbrook's 
Chairman and CEO.  "She has the broad technical experience, market knowledge 
and personal commitment to excellence we need to expand and accelerate our 
success." 
About Fallbrook Technologies Inc.  Fallbrook Technologies Inc. is a privately 
held technology development and manufacturing company headquartered in San 
Diego, California and has its primary operations and product development 
activities located in Cedar Park, Texas, with employees and other operations 
in Europe and China. 
Fallbrook has developed and commercialized a continuously variable planetary 
(CVP) technology called NuVinci®, which is a new class of continuously 
variable transmission (CVT).  The initial commercial application was a 
continuously variable transmission for bicycles, now in its second generation 
as the NuVinci N360™. 
NuVinci Technology is applicable to a wide variety of applications including 
bicycles, light electric vehicles, primary transmissions for automobiles, 
trucks and commercial vehicles, lawn care equipment and wind turbines.  
NuVinci technology offers companies the flexibility to design and produce 
next-generation products that are better tailored to their unique business, 
market and competitive requirements. 
In addition to the NuVinci CVP, Fallbrook develops, manufactures and sells the 
Dynasys™ Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) through its wholly owned subsidiary, 
Hodyon.  The Dynasys APU provides dependable in-cab comfort for the driver of 
Class 8 trucks without the need to run the truck's main engine during down 
times, reduces emissions and dramatically lowers fuel costs during idle 
periods. 
Fallbrook has built an extensive portfolio of over 500 patents and patent 
applications worldwide. 
For more information, visit www.fallbrooktech.com. 
Dan Katona, +1-858-623-9557 X123, dkatona@fallbrooktech.com 
http://www.fallbrooktech.com 
SOURCE: Fallbrook Technologies Inc. 
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