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Alumnus Thomas VanderLaan Named VP for AVL Powertrain Engineering

July 12, 2012

A leadership role with one of the world's largest independent companies focused on powertrains for vehicles will be the latest challenge for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology alumnus Thomas VanderLaan. He will become vice president of sales for AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. (PEI) on July 16.

  Thomas VanderLaan

VanderLaan, a 1985 electrical engineering and mathematics graduate, formerly was vice president for global automotive and hybrid sales with Remy International. He delivered significant sales results for Remy in new starter and alternator business. He also created a substantial hybrid business development pipeline and secured millions of additional dollars in future awards with a strategy for standard electric motors targeted at commercial and specialty vehicle markets. His career has also included positions with Visteon, AutoNeural Systems and Delphi.

"Tom is an aggressive catalyst of positive change," stated PEI President Dimitri Kazarinoff in a company news release. "He knows how to connect the dots for business growth, while at the same time simultaneously doing what it takes to satisfy customers."

In his new role, VanderLaan will focus on helping AVL in its ongoing drive to transformational business growth across all sectors, including electric and hybrid applications.

"Tom has outstanding credentials and a proven track record in our industry," said Don Manvel, AVL Americas chairman and CEO, in the release. "We believe he is an exceptional choice to leverage the strides Dimitri Kazarinoff has made in the last year, and further evidence of our commitment to make the moves necessary to enable AVL to thrive in the future." 

Founded in 1948, AVL is focused on the development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. AVL's North American headquarters are located in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Mich.

VanderLaan received Rose-Hulman's Alumni Career Achievement Award in 2005.