Inteva Products has appointed Gerard Roose, VP, Sales, Marketing & Advanced Product Development as president in November, 2020 and CEO in 2021 as part of the company’s long-term succession plan.

Roose succeeds founder, Lon Offenbacher, who has served as president & CEO since the launch of Inteva in 2008.

Offenbacher will retire in the first half of the 2021 calendar year.

“Lon’s leadership over the last 12-plus years can be seen in virtually everything we do at Inteva,” said Roose. “Since founding Inteva in 2008, he has successfully guided us through expansion and significant market challenges while focusing the company on profitability and growth. We are all thankful for Lon’s dedication and commitment to Inteva and wish him and his family all the best in retirement.”

Roose brings more than 35 years of automotive experience to his new role. He started his career at General Motors as a student intern at the Cadillac engine plant in Livonia, Michigan and continued with roles at Delphi in manufacturing, product and systems engineering as well as numerous positions in programme management.

In 1994, he led the establishment of Delphi’s seat systems product and manufacturing engineering team in Wuppertal, Germany. Roose’s time in these various roles provided experience in several product lines including seating, interior, safety, thermal and closure systems.

He was also part of the original executive team that launched Inteva in 2008 and has led the Sales and Marketing organisation since then.