Westport Strengthens Board of Directors with Appointment of Nancy Gougarty and
Expands Industry Knowledge Base with Formation of Advisory Board
VANCOUVER, Feb. 11, 2013
VANCOUVER, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT)
(NASDAQ:WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today announced that
Ms. Nancy Gougarty has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors,
effective February 8, 2013. The appointment of Ms. Gougarty increases the
number of directors from nine to 10. To increase Westport's depth and breadth
of industry experience, outside of the Board of Directors' core scope of
responsibilities, an Advisory Board has been created. Initial members of the
Advisory Board are Joseph Caron, former Canadian Ambassador to the People's
Republic of China and Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy
Council Office for the Canadian Government and Brenda Eprile, Managing
Director at Sanford Eprile & Company and former Senior Partner at
"Westport currently operates on five continents and 10 countries of the
world," said John Beaulieu, Chairman of Westport Innovations. "Managing a
global endeavor of such size and complexity requires substantial knowledge of
markets, geopolitical realities, local customs including legal guidelines and
restrictions. Ms. Gougarty, Mr. Caron and Ms. Eprile come with a wealth of
experience and expertise to guide Westport to become a strong, global company
with industry- leading performance."
Ms. Gougarty served as the vice president for TRW Automotive Corporation
operations in the Asia-Pacific region from January 2008 until her recent
departure from TRW in 2012. Joining TRW in 2005, her previous positions
included vice president of product planning, business planning and business
development, and vice president of braking, electronics and modules for Asia
Pacific. Based at the Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China, Ms.
Gougarty oversaw the operations of more than 30 plants in the region. She
directed the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans
and worked to enhance strategic relationships with customers and joint venture
partners in the region. Ms. Gougarty's distinguished career began in 1978
when she started with General Motors' Packard Electric Division, first as an
industrial engineer; she later took on various roles in application
engineering, finance, operations, and sales and engineering with increasing
responsibility. In 1997, she was named Managing Director for General Motors'
joint venture in Shanghai, followed by a series of appointments accountable
for strategic growth in Asian countries. After the successful post as the
Director for Delphi Packard, Asia Pacific, Ms. Gougarty spent three years
leading Delphi's largest account as Global Account Director General Motors,
until becoming the vice president for Delphi Automotive Systems, Japan and
Korea. Ms. Gougarty is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. She holds an EMBA
degree from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor's degree of science
in industrial management from University of Cincinnati. A community service
advocate, Ms. Gougarty serves as Advisor to the President of Marietta College,
The inaugural members of Westport's Advisory Board are:
Mr. Caron began his international relations career in 1972 as a member of the
Trade Commissioner Service. His knowledge of the Japanese language led to
assignments in Japan for over 17 years in government and business, including
the Canadian Embassy as Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of Chancery. He also
subsequently held several positions related to Asian and international
economic affairs for the Canadian Government, including serving the Foreign
and Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office. From 2001 to 2005,
he served as Canadian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China with
concurrent accreditation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North
Korea) and Mongolia. In 2005, he was named Canadian Ambassador to Japan and,
in 2008, he served as High Commissioner to the Republic of India. Mr. Caron
has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo
and has also been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation
of Canada as well as an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian
Research of the University of British Columbia. Mr. Caron is currently
Strategic Advisor, Asia Pacific at Heenan Blaikie LLP and Board member of
Manulife Financial Corporation and Vancouver International Airport. Mr. Caron
obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours from the University of Ottawa
Ms. Eprile has been the Managing Director at Sanford Eprile & Company since
2012, a boutique consulting firm serving a wide variety of clients on a range
of regulatory compliance issues. From 2000 to 2012, Ms. Eprile was a Senior
Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and led the Risk Advisory Services practice.
From 1998 to 2000, Ms. Eprile was a Partner at Deloitte and created a
regulatory advisory practice for the Canadian member firm of Deloitte focusing
on public companies and financial services firms. From 1985 to 1997, Ms.
Eprile had a distinguished career as a securities regulator in Canada, having
held the positions of both Executive Director and Chief Accountant at the
Ontario Securities Commission. From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Eprile was an audit
staff member at Coopers and Lybrand serving a variety of industry sectors
including financial services, consumer electronics, and heavy industry. Ms.
Eprile is a Chartered Accountant and has an Honours Bachelor of Music from the
University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Business Administration from
Schulich School of Business, York University. She is the Chair of the Board of
Canada's National Ballet School.
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary
solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as
compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and
renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and help reduce
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers advanced LNG
fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine technology for
heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road applications such as
mining and rail. Westport's joint venture with Cummins Inc., Cummins Westport
Inc. designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited natural gas engines for
North American transportation applications such as trucks and buses. Westport
is also one of the global leaders for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas
(LPG) fuel in passenger cars, light-duty trucks and industrial applications
such as forklifts. To learn more about our business, visit our website or
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