Westport announces Nancy S. Gougarty as new CEO
Ms. Gougarty has a long and distinguished career spanning nearly three decades in the transportation-equipment industry that includes senior automotive executive roles with several large automakers and auto-parts companies.
She has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Westport since July of 2013. Before this appointment, Ms. Gougarty was on the Board of Westport from February of 2013 to July of 2013.
Prior to joining Westport, Ms. Gougarty served as the Vice President for TRW Automotive Corporation operations in the Asia-Pacific region from 2008 to 2012.
Joining TRW in 2005, her previous positions included vice president of product planning, business planning and business development, and Vice President of steering, braking, electronics and occupant safety systems for Asia Pacific. Based at the Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China, Ms. Gougarty oversaw the operations of more than 30 plants in the region.
Ms. Gougarty's career began in 1978 when she started with GM's Packard Electric Division, first as an industrial engineer; she later took on various roles in application engineering, finance, operations, and sales and engineering with increasing responsibility.
In 1997, she was appointed Managing Director for GM's joint venture in Shanghai, followed by a series of appointments including accountability for strategic growth in Asian countries.
After a successful posting as the Director for Delphi Packard, Asia Pacific, Ms. Gougarty spent three years leading Delphi's largest account as Global Account Director GM, until becoming the Vice President for Delphi Automotive Systems, Japan and Korea.
Ms. Gougarty holds an EMBA degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to her role as CEO, Ms. Gougarty will join the Westport Board of Directors as David R. Demers steps down from the Board.
David R. Demers, Westport's current CEO, is retiring from the company but will be available to the leadership team in an advisory role through a transition period.
Mr. Demers has been CEO and a member of the Board since the company was formed in March of 1995.