AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Emitec Inc. has appointed Claus Bruestle president of North American operations, effective April 1, 2008. With key technical experience at Porsche AG, Mercury Marine and Schaeffler KG, Bruestle brings more than 25 years of automotive and marine powertrain engineering and leadership expertise to Emitec. "We are very pleased to have Mr. Bruestle join our North American operations," said Wolfgang Maus, CEO, Emitec GmbH. "His knowledge of powertrain engineering, coupled with his track record of fostering growth and good business relationships will make him a valuable asset." Bruestle succeeds current president, Mike Kerby, who has been elected to the newly created position of strategic development officer. In this key role, Kerby will ensure a seamless executive transition and the continued high level of service and quality Emitec customers expect. With his deep understanding of Emitec's exhaust aftertreatment and evaporative emissions technologies, Bruestle will be a driving force in providing strategic and innovative emission solutions for Emitec's current and potential customers. Bruestle will work out of Emitec's North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Before joining Emitec, Bruestle served at Schaeffler KG as vice president, research and development Engine Systems Division INA, Germany, where he was responsible for worldwide product development activities. Prior to this position, he served for five years as vice president, research and development at Mercury Marine, United States, where he was responsible for all worldwide product development activities and methodologies of engines, transmissions and electronics. Additionally, Bruestle demonstrated his leadership and engineering skills through 16 years in various management positions at Porsche AG, Germany, where he specialized in new engine concepts and their industrialization, high-performance and racing engine development, and advanced powertrain engineering. His professional career started as an application and development engineer at Garrett AiResearch in the United States and Germany, developing turbocharging systems for European OEMs. Bruestle is a graduate of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering. About Emitec Emitec GmbH is the leading designer and manufacturer of metallic substrates METALIT(R) and diesel PM-METALIT(R) for exhaust gas aftertreatment and evaporative emissions. Its METALIT(R) products are used by nearly every major automaker worldwide. Founded in 1986, Emitec is headquartered in Lohmar, Germany and currently holds more than 1,700 international patents. The company's North American operations, Emitec Inc., are headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich. Manufacturing facilities are located in Fountain Inn, S.C., Lohmar and Eisenach, Germany, and Pune, India. http://www.emitec.com
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