SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Agility Fuel Systems, the leading developer and manufacturer of natural gas fuel systems for heavy duty vehicles in North America, today announced that Barry Engle has accepted an Executive Vice President position with General Motors and will depart from his post as Chief Executive Officer of Agility. He will, however, continue to serve on Agility's Board of Directors. The Board is thoughtfully considering succession plans and has initiated a CEO search process. Bill Nowicke, the company's Chief Operating Officer, has been named the interim-CEO of the Company and will work with Barry to ensure a smooth transition.
"In his role as COO, Bill has provided strong, hands-on operational leadership. He knows the company well and is uniquely able to take on additional responsibilities," said Mike Gallagher, Agility's Chairman of the Board. "On behalf of the Board, we sincerely thank Barry for his contributions over the past four years. He guided the company through a period of rapid growth, assembled a fantastic team and built a great foundation for continued success. We appreciate the leadership, passion, and vision which he has brought to Agility."
Mr. Engle will remain both a member of Agility's Board of Directors and a shareholder of the company. "It has been an honor and privilege to be part of the Agility team. I'm pleased to be able to maintain my involvement on the board as we continue to grow and build the company," said Mr. Engle upon announcing his departure.
In his new role at General Motors, Mr. Engle will become a member of the GM Executive Leadership Team and serve as President, South America with responsibility for operations in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Agility Fuel Systems, headquartered in Santa Ana, California, is the leading developer and manufacturer of natural gas fuel systems for heavy duty vehicles in North America. Agility's highly engineered, proprietary heavy duty natural gas fuel systems store, manage and deliver natural gas to the engine and enable the safe and effective use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel for local, regional, and long-haul applications. In operation since 1996, Agility and its predecessor companies have deployed more heavy duty natural gas fuel systems in North America than any other company.