Andrew Ridgeway, a former executive at General Motors, has taken over as president of powertrain engineering-services supplier IAV Automotive Engineering Inc.
Ridgeway, 45, moved into the position at the start of 2011. He replaced Utz-Jens Beister, who left the suburban Detroit supplier in June 2010. Beister returned to German parent company IAV GmbH’s business strategy and restructuring department. He had held the U.S. position for three years.
Before this appointment, Ridgeway spent four years as general manager of Valeo Thermal Systems in North America, developing and marketing engine-cooling and air-conditioning systems.
Ridgeway began his career in 1988 at Nissan Motor Corp. in Britain. He shared responsibility for launching the Micra in England.
In 1994, Ridgeway worked in vehicle manufacturing and production for GM in the United States and Germany. During his seven years with GM, he helped launch the Astra, Zafira and Corsa models.
IAV’s clients include Ford Motor Co., GM, BMW AG, Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG, among other automakers, the supplier says on its Web site. Volkswagen owns half of IAV Group Worldwide.