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Alumnus Thomas VanderLaan Named VP for AVL Powertrain Engineering
July 12, 2012
A leadership role with one of the world's largest independent
companies focused on powertrains for vehicles will be the latest
challenge for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology alumnus Thomas
VanderLaan. He will become vice president of sales for AVL
Powertrain Engineering Inc. (PEI) on July 16.
VanderLaan, a 1985 electrical engineering and mathematics
graduate, formerly was vice president for global automotive and
hybrid sales with Remy International. He delivered significant
sales results for Remy in new starter and alternator business. He
also created a substantial hybrid business development pipeline and
secured millions of additional dollars in future awards with a
strategy for standard electric motors targeted at commercial and
specialty vehicle markets. His career has also included positions
with Visteon, AutoNeural Systems and Delphi.
"Tom is an aggressive catalyst of positive change," stated PEI
President Dimitri Kazarinoff in a company news release. "He knows
how to connect the dots for business growth, while at the same time
simultaneously doing what it takes to satisfy customers."
In his new role, VanderLaan will focus on helping AVL in its
ongoing drive to transformational business growth across all
sectors, including electric and hybrid applications.
"Tom has outstanding credentials and a proven track record in
our industry," said Don Manvel, AVL Americas chairman and CEO, in
the release. "We believe he is an exceptional choice to leverage
the strides Dimitri Kazarinoff has made in the last year, and
further evidence of our commitment to make the moves necessary to
enable AVL to thrive in the future."
Founded in 1948, AVL is focused on the development, simulation
and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines,
transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger
cars, trucks and large engines. AVL's North American headquarters
are located in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Mich.
VanderLaan received Rose-Hulman's Alumni Career Achievement
Award in 2005.