Tenneco Automotive is realigning its North American original equipment business around its two major product areas; ride control and emission control systems. The company also announced that it is consolidating its programme management resources to original equipment manufacturers under a single global team.

As part of this reorganisation, the company appointed John Kitts to the new position of vice president and general manager, North American original equipment emission control; Neal Yanos to the new position of vice president and general manager, North American original equipment ride control; and Lois Boyd to the new position of vice president, global original equipment programme management.

Said Mark P. Frissora, chairman and CEO, Tenneco Automotive,: We implemented the same structure in our European original equipment operations over a year ago and it is helping to improve the business unit's performance.

“This new structure will allow us to provide a cohesive worldwide approach to addressing our customers' increasingly global requirements, and lead to enhanced technical focus and a more concentrated use of resources."