Commercial Vehicle Group Announces Realignment Of Its Executive Leadership Team

July 9, 2014

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. ("CVG" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CVGI), announced the realignment of its executive leadership team, effective July 7, 2014.

Under the new structure, Ulf Lindqwister will join CVG, effective August 4, in the capacity of Chief Administrative Officer with responsibility for Global Information Technology, Global Research & Development, Global Supply Chain Management, Operational Excellence, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Business Development, Strategic Planning and Government Affairs.  Lindqwister comes to CVG from Caterpillar, where he served most recently as the Manager of Growth, M & A, and External Relationships for CAT Electronics. Ulf holds a PhD in Physics from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration from The Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

The Company also announced the realignment of its Aftermarket business, with the North American Aftermarket business now reporting to Pat Miller in his capacity of President of Global Truck & Bus.  Geoff Perich, Asia Pacific Managing Director, will assume responsibility for the APAC Aftermarket business and Kevin Lane, European, Middle Eastern and African Manager Director, will assume responsibility for the EMEA Aftermarket business.  Kevin Frailey, President of Global Construction, Agriculture and Military, continues in this same capacity. 

In connection with these organizational changes, Timo Haatanen, President of Global Aftermarket and Bob Averitt, Chief Information Officer, are no longer with the Company.

Rounding out the executive leadership team are Chief Financial Officer, Timothy Trenary; General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary, Brent Walters; and Chief Human Resources Officer, Laura Macias.

"The recent refinement of our executive leadership team to include Managing Directors in both the APAC and EMEA geographies creates an opportunity for us to now more readily address the unique local needs of our Aftermarket customers in all of the geographies we serve," said Rich Lavin, President and CEO of Commercial Vehicle Group."   "I am extremely confident in the leadership of our global and regional operations executives to deploy our efforts and resources to position the Company for future profitable growth."

"I look forward to welcoming Ulf to CVG next month and supporting him in this critical new role.  His skill set and experience is well suited to more effectively focus our product design, and manufacturing and operating cost structure initiatives in support of our product line management structure.  Ulf is an outstanding addition to a strong leadership team focused on delivering industry-leading results," added Lavin.

About Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.
Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. is a Delaware (USA) corporation. We were formed as a privately-held company in August 2000. We became a publicly held company in 2004. The Company (and its subsidiaries) is a leading supplier of a full range of cab related products and systems for the global commercial vehicle market, including the heavy-duty (Class 8) truck market, the medium-and heavy-construction vehicle markets, the military, bus, agriculture, specialty transportation, mining, industrial equipment and off-road recreational (ATV/UTV) markets.   Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at

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SOURCE Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

Terry Hammett, Investor Relations, Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc., (614) 289-5384