The BorgWarner board of directors has announced the appointment of Frederic Lissalde to president and CEO, effective Aug. 1, at which time he also will join the board of directors. Effective on the same date, James Verrier will step down from the president and CEO role and will serve in a non-executive advisory role to the board of directors and CEO to support a successful transition until he retires from the company on Feb. 28, 2019.
Lissalde has held positions of increasingly significant responsibility during his 19 years with the company. He currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Previous positions include president and general manager of BorgWarner Turbo Systems, the company’s largest business, vice president and general manager of BorgWarner Transmissions Systems and vice president of global sales and marketing of BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems. He also served as managing director of several operations in Europe for BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems.
Lissalde holds a Masters of Engineering degree from ENSAM – Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Metiers – Paris and a Masters of Business administration degree from HEC Paris.
“I am very proud of what the team has accomplished during my time as president and CEO, and truly believe the company is in an excellent position for continued success. I feel the current strength of the company is what makes this the right time to step down. Fred is a proven global leader who I have worked with for many years. I’m confident he will continue to lead this great company forward for years to come,” said Verrier. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the BorgWarner employees for making my BorgWarner career so very special – it’s been a wonderful journey.”
“James has done a remarkable job of leading the organization and evolving the company’s vision, strategy and product portfolio to be well aligned with the global industry trends,” said Alexis Michas, non-executive chairman of the board of directors. “His leadership to build a broad comprehensive product portfolio for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles set the company on a path for continued growth regardless of how the global markets evolve. Couple that with his continuous focus to build a strong talent pipeline and having a top leadership team in place that has proven its ability to deliver operational performance, gives the board great confidence in the company’s future. We are extremely grateful for James’ many transformative contributions, which have positioned the company well for long-term success to benefit all stakeholders. At the same time, we are excited to have Fred lead the company and continue to build upon our success.”