Chris Villavarayan is chief executive officer and president of Meritor, Inc. and a member of its Board of Directors, effective March 2021.
Prior to serving as CEO, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer with oversight of the company’s global operations for both business segments – Global Truck and Aftermarket & Industrial. Before that, he was senior vice president and president of Global Truck, responsible for Meritor’s commercial truck business in all regions: North and South America, Europe, India, Australia, China, Japan and the ASEAN.
Villavarayan also served as vice president of Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management during which time he was responsible for managing global manufacturing operations, increasing results-based lean initiatives, improving the supply chain and logistics network and focusing on standardization and process excellence.
He was also managing director for Meritor’s operations in India, where he lived for two years. During that time, he led Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems (India) Ltd., a joint venture with the Kalyani Group in Mysore, India. Villavarayan joined Meritor June 2000.
Villavarayan holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
He is also a director on the Heavy Duty Manufacturer Association’s Board of Governors and a director on the board of Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based, nationally renowned civil and human rights organization.
Carl Anderson is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Meritor, Inc. He serves as a member of the company’s Executive Committee and leads the development and execution of the company’s global long-term financial strategy, which includes driving profitable growth, generating sustainable cash flow and allocating capital to maximize value creation. In addition to his overall responsibility for Finance, Anderson also oversees Corporate Strategy and Information Systems.
Previously, he was Meritor’s group vice president of Finance with responsibility for External Reporting, Investor Relations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Operational Finance, Shared Services, Tax and Treasury.
Anderson joined Meritor in 2006 as the director of capital markets. Before joining Meritor, he held various finance and treasury roles at First Chicago NBD Bank and GMAC for more than 10 years.
Anderson earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Michigan State University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University.
John Bennett is vice president and chief technology officer for Meritor, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for establishing the company’s advanced technology portfolio and leading core engineering development excellence.
Previously, Bennett was general manager of Global Product Strategy, responsible for building the global product strategy and executing new product programs that deliver value to global customers.
Before that, he was director of OEM Sales and product line director for Specialty and Defense.
Bennett began working at Meritor in 1992 and held various roles, including design engineer and engineering supervisor. He worked on axles, brakes and transfer cases in the Truck, Specialty and Defense segments.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University. Bennett also holds a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Bennett served on the board of directors for Meritor WABCO and TransPower. He is a current board member of the Heavy Duty Advanced Technology Council (HDATC).