New President and COO For Siemens Diesel

Posted on November 6, 2005

Siemens Diesel Systems Technologies (SDST) LLC, a joint venture formed in 1999 by Siemens and International Truck and Engine Corp., has appointed Dr. Stefan Demmerle as president and chief executive officer (CEO) and Houman Kashanipour as chief operating officer (COO) of the joint organization's Blythewood, S.C. operations. Dr. Demmerle replaces Uwe Wetzel, who has left the company to pursue other career opportunities and Kashanipour replaces Sergio Sgarbi, who has taken the plant manager position at International's Indianapolis Engine Plant.

Dr. Demmerle will be responsible for guiding the day-to-day operations of the joint-venture manufacturing facility in Blythewood. In the interim, Siemens VDO Vice President of Diesel Systems North America and SDST Board Member Julian Dench will serve as acting CEO. Dr. Demmerle was director for the Diesel Electronics Subdivision (DS) within Siemens VDO's Electronics and Drivetrain (ED) Division for four years, responsible for the global ED DS operations. Based at the company's Toulouse, France location, he also was in charge of the local operations of the ED division. Prior to that, he held several product and sales management positions with ED in Toulouse.

Kashanipour will be responsible for machining, assembly and testing, quality, product engineering and prototypes for diesel fuel injectors for International engines. Before accepting his role with SDST, he held positions of increasing responsibility within the Engine Group's Manufacturing Engineering and Operations organization over the past decade.