Philip Martens - most recently president and COO of Plastech Engineered Products and a former product development chief at Ford - has been named senior vice president and president of ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business.

Martens will replace Juan De La Riva, who is retiring after 12 years at ArvinMeritor and more than 30 years in the automotive industry.

He will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the company's passenger vehicle components, modules and systems business, including the aperture and undercarriage businesses.

"[Martens'] extensive knowledge of the automotive industry, together with his vast international experience, operational expertise and proven leadership capabilities, will be a major asset in leading the LVS organisation," said ArvinMeritor in a statement. "With our increased focus on improving margins, we are confident that [he] will deliver the results we expect in maximising operating efficiencies."

Carsten Reinhardt was named senior vice president and president of the company's Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) business. Reinhardt was previously CEO and president of Detroit Diesel, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler. Reinhardt replaces Tom Gosnell, who is retiring after 27 years at ArvinMeritor but will remain a consultant.

Reinhardt will be responsible for the overall strategic management of the company's global commercial vehicle components and customer-focused services - both for OE production and the aftermarket.

Buddy Wacaser was named senior vice president and president of the newly formed Emissions Technology Group which will be devoted to the ongoing development and operations of both light and heavy vehicle emissions technologies and products. Wacaser will be responsible for overall strategic management of the group. He most recently was president and CEO of Meridian Automotive Systems.

The Light Vehicle Emissions and Commercial Vehicle Emissions businesses will become part of the newly formed group.

"We see tremendous opportunities for growth in the emissions arena and believe this new, focused group will help us maintain our leadership position in this growing market segment," said ArvinMeritor.