John Sanderson, former Siemens VDO North American chief, has joined BorgWarner Inc. as president of the transmission systems business unit.
Sanderson, 56, succeeds Bernd Matthes, who has been named president of transmission joint ventures, a new position. Matthes will continue as BorgWarner vice president, the company said in a statement today.
Sanderson, a 20-year automotive industry veteran, most recently was CEO of the Americas for Siemens VDO Automotive Corp. He held the post from 2000 until VDOs merger with Continental AG in 2007.
At BorgWarner, Sanderson will be responsible for growth of the transmission systems business. Transmission components are expected to account for 20 percent of net new business within BorgWarners drivetrain group through 2011, said spokesman David Peterson.
Sandersons arrival also frees up Matthes to concentrate on BorgWarners joint ventures, including a partnership announced last month with China Automobile Development United Investment Co.
BorgWarner holds a two-thirds stake in the joint venture, which includes 12 leading Chinese automakers and will produce dual-clutch transmission modules beginning in 2011.
BorgWarner, of suburban Detroit, ranks No. 30 on Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers, with worldwide parts sales to automakers of $5.33 billion in 2007.