Meritor appoints executives

Meritor has named Joe Plomin and Chris Villavarayan to positions leading two of its groups within the Commercial Truck & Industrial business.

Plomin has been named president, International, Europe and Asia Pacific, while Villavarayan has been appointed president, Americas, responsible for the company’s North and South America Truck, Defense and Specialty businesses. Both men will report to Jay Craig, senior vice president and president of Commercial Truck & Industrial for Meritor.

“These appointments represent our strong bench of leadership talent within the company,” Craig said. “Joe and Chris have an excellent understanding of our industry, combined with a strong manufacturing background and international business experience.”

Plomin most recently served as vice president, International Operations, during which time he relocated to Europe. Prior to that, he was vice president of Truck Americas for Meritor. Before joining Meritor in 2007, he was president of Remy International’s Electrical Division and senior vice president/general manager of its Heavy Duty business unit.

Villavarayan most recently served as vice president, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Meritor. Previously, he was managing director for Meritor India where he lived for two years. During that time, he led Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems (India) Ltd., a joint venture with the Kalyani Group in Mysore, India. Prior to that, Villavarayan was general manager, Operations Planning and Strategy at Meritor.

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