Component Manufacturers

ArvinMeritor Inc has announced that Bill Hunt is resigning as vice-chairman and president of the company. Larry Yost, chairman and chief executive officer, will assume Hunt's operating responsibilities. Hunt plans to form a venture capital company to be based in Indianapolis IN, concentrating on investment opportunities in automotive and nonautomotive areas. Diane Stelfox has been appointed vice-president and controller at ArvinMeritor. She rejoined the organization after a brief absence before which she served as ArvinMeritor's vice-president-corporate development. Before the ArvinMeritor merger, she was vice-president and controller of Meritor Automotive.

Mario Longhi has been named president of Alcoa Wheel and Forged Products, a business unit of Alcoa Inc. Longhi was previously vice-president and general manager of Alcoa Wheel Products. He replaces William Christopher, who has been named executive vice-president for Alcoa Business System, customer and quality. Alcoa Wheel Products has added Ricardo I Hernandez as sales representative-far Western states. He comes to Alcoa from H Muehlstein & Co, where he most recently worked as international sales representative in northern Mexico. Alcoa Wheel Products also hired Fredric T “Freddie” Franklin as market manager for commercial vehicle wheels. Franklin most recently was with Lebanon (PA) Works.

Richard L “Dick” Steele has retired as president of Webb Wheel Products Inc and will work as a consultant to the firm for the rest of 2001. Kenneth Dickson has been named Steele's successor as president. Dickson joins Webb from his latest position as president of Long-Airdox Co.

Thermo King Corp has named Melisa Mohn director-dealer development. Before joining Thermo King, Mohn spent more than 12 years at Ford Motor Co in market representation, marketing, and sales and customer satisfaction.

Koneta/LRV has appointed Tess Smith to the newly created position of West Coast regional sales manager. She has sales experience with heavy-duty truck product companies.

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