WABCO Holdings Inc.

WABCO Holdings Inc.

April 20, 2011 07:02 ET

WABCO Further Strengthens Global Management Team; Appoints Chief Quality Officer to Newly Created Executive Position

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - April 20, 2011) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC) (www.wabco-auto.com), a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced an executive appointment to the newly created position of Chief Quality Officer, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. It further strengthens the company's senior leadership team and WABCO's continued commitment to its three-pillar strategy of technology leadership, global expansion and excellence in execution.

Kazuo Kawashima joins WABCO as Chief Quality Officer, responsible for further powering how WABCO ingrains quality across the value chain throughout its global organization. Further enhancing WABCO's Operating System, one of the commercial vehicle industry's most advanced management systems, Kawashima will reinforce the company's capabilities to satisfy customer expectations for quality, service and value.

Most recently, Kawashima was President of Ichikoh Industries Ltd., a publicly listed company in Japan and manufacturer of vehicular lighting supplied to the automotive industry. Previously, Kawashima was Vice President Quality based in Paris at Valeo, one of the world's top automotive suppliers. Before that, Kawashima held senior positions in quality, operations and engineering based in Japan and Mexico at Nissan Motor Company, a global vehicle manufacturer.

"This new executive role reflects the evolution of WABCO's commitment to the highest standards of quality across every function and in each location globally as we strive to grow quality in everything we do as a differentiator in how we continue to satisfy customers," said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"Kazuo Kawashima has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry gained on three continents in diverse positions in engineering and manufacturing and as a business leader in world class companies like Valeo and Nissan," said Esculier. "The richness of Kazuo Kawashima's experience and his superb achievements give him an outstanding ability to ingrain quality in all aspects of our company."


WABCO (NYSE:WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.2 billion in 2010, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com

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