Tenneco has appointed Richard Kwas as vice president, investor relations.

Kwas will lead the investor relations team for the new Tenneco company which is expected to emerge later this year when the supplier separates its businesses into two new, publicly traded businesses; Powertrain Technology and Aftermarket and Ride Performance operations.

In the role, Kwas will lead IR strategy for the Powertrain Technology company and oversee financial communications with the company’s shareholders and investment community.

“Richard’s deep experience and knowledge of the automotive sector are extremely valuable in helping us define our growth strategy following separation,” said Tenneco EVP Finance, Ron Hundzinski.

“His experience and proven track record will be critical for consistent, clear communications on our financial position with the global investor community.”

Kwas joins Tenneco with nearly 25 years of industry experience. Most recently, he served as managing director and senior equity research analyst for Wells Fargo Securities, where he led analysis for top automotive and industrial stocks and has written extensively on global emissions.

Before that, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Wells Fargo and prior to that was an analyst at Banc of America Securities.

Linae Golla will continue to serve as vice president, Investor Relations for Tenneco until the separation, at which time she is expected to be vice president, Investor Relations for the new company, DRiV.