VANCOUVER, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc.
(TSX:WPT/NASDAQ: WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today
announced that Mr. Philip Hodge has been appointed to the company's
Board of Directors, effective June 15, 2012. The appointment of Mr.
Hodge increases the number of directors from eight to nine.
Mr. Hodge is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Pine
Cliff Energy Ltd., a Canadian junior oil and gas company listed on the
Toronto Venture Exchange, since January 2012. Mr. Hodge most recently
held the positions of Vice President, Business Development and Vice
President Acquisitions and Divestments at Penn West Exploration, one of
the largest conventional oil and natural gas producers in North
America. Prior to that, Mr. Hodge was a Managing Director at Mackie
Research Capital Corporation and J.F. Mackie & Co., Calgary based
investment banks. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Hodge was Vice-President and
General Counsel of Westport where he was responsible for legal,
corporate governance, strategic partnership and corporate development
functions, as well as the formation and growth of the company's
business in China. Prior to 2000, Mr. Hodge was a partner at Bennett
Jones LLP, a Canadian national law firm, practicing in that firm's
securities and mergers and acquisitions teams in its Calgary office.
Mr. Hodge has a Bachelor of Commerce and Law from the University of
"We are pleased to have Phil back at Westport to serve on our Board,"
said John Beaulieu, Chairman of Westport Innovations. "Phil
demonstrated strong leadership at Westport through developing and
managing strategic partnerships with various industry partners, and
acted in a key role in the Cummins Westport and Weichai Westport joint
venture formation. His diverse background in finance and law, combined
with his experience in the oil and gas industry will be an asset to our
Board and its committees. We welcome Phil and look forward to his
strategic initiatives as we continue to grow."
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary
solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as
compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen,
and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and helps
reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers
advanced LNG fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine
technology for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road
applications such as mining and rail. Westport's joint venture with
Cummins Inc., Cummins Westport Inc. designs, engineers and markets
spark-ignited natural gas engines for North American transportation
applications such as trucks and buses. Westport LD division is one of
the global leaders for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
fuel in passenger cars, light-duty trucks and industrial applications
such as forklifts. To learn more about our business, visit our website
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