Nexteer Automotive names Laurent Bresson as new COO

Article by Anita Panait, on May 22, 2012

Saginaw, Mich.-based Nexteer Automotive has appointed Laurent Bresson as its new chief operating officer, effective immediately, according to the company’s May 10 statement. Prior to his appointment as Nexteer’s COO, Bresson was the company’s top executive in Europe.

He also served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Nexteer's international division. Part of Bresson’s new duties will be to manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s divisional and product groups. Despite being appointed as Nexteer’s new chief executive, Bresson will still be responsible for the company's global sales and will still retain some of his European responsibilities.

Nexteer said that at this time, the company has yet to find a direct replacement for Bresson’s European role. As head of Nexteer’s global sales unit, Bresson was able to bring in a record $6 billion worth of new bookings in 2010. He played an important in the EUR50-million expansion of the company’s plants in Tychy and Gliwice, Poland. 

In a statement, Nexteer chief executive Robert Remenar spoke highly of Bresson, saying that the latter was successful in managing the company’s major customer relationships around the world and has shown his operational capabilities in the European, Asia-Pacific and South American regions. 

Nexteer Automotive develops manufactures electric and hydraulic steering systems, steering columns and driveline products for original equipment manufacturers.  The company operates 20 manufacturing plants, five engineering centers and 15 customer service centers around the world and caters to GM, Fiat, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler and PSA Peugeot Citroen. The company posted $2.2 billion in global sales in 2011.

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