After several years of rapid growth, German exhaust supplier Eberspaecher North America Inc. has appointed a new leader for the next phase of its U.S. operations.
Erik Roeren has been named CEO. He succeeds Mathias Keck, who has been with the U.S. division since it began operations in 2000. Keck rejoins Eberspaecher's operations in Esslingen, Germany.
Roeren says it is time to merge the company's "successful entrepreneurial spirit with organizational excellence."
Eberspaecher launched its North American business, based in suburban Detroit, in 2000 with an expensive r&d center, three employees and no contracts. Roeren, 43, inherits a company with three North American factories and a growing book of business.
Roeren has worked in the North American auto industry for 16 years, most recently as general manager of Aperture Systems America, a unit of ArvinMeritor Inc.
DaimlerChrysler AG is Eberspaecher's largest customer, followed by General Motors. Eberspaecher has five programs in production, including the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
Eberspaecher North America ranks No. 144 on the Automotive News list of the top 150 suppliers to North America with North American original-equipment automotive parts sales of $234 million in 2005. It supplies heaters, exhaust systems, silencers and catalytic converters.
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