Piston Group Names Gordon R. Fournier Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

DETROITMarch 5, 2020

Gordon R. Fournier has been named chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the Piston Group. He will report to the group’s Founder, Chairman and CEO Vinnie Johnson. Fournier’s role is effective March 16, 2020.

Fournier will oversee the group’s overall operational performance, with responsibility for financial management, planning and reporting, as well as financial controls, treasury functions and financing for the Piston Group companies, including Piston Automotive, Irvin Automotive Products and AIREA, as well as the group’s controlling interest in Detroit Thermal Systems.

“Gordon’s strong operational and financial background across multiple industries, coupled with his global experience provides the ideal competencies to manage our company’s performance and strategic growth,” said Vinnie Johnson. “We look forward to his leadership and contributions to our team.”

Previously, Fournier served as president of Masco Cabinetry, a subsidiary of Masco Corporation. He also held the role as the company’s chief financial officer and led a significant turnaround of the company. He was named Masco’s CFO of the year in 2016. Prior to joining Masco, Fournier held numerous financial leadership roles with Johnson Controls Inc. including vice president of finance positions for Automotive Global Complete Seat, Automotive Electronics & Interiors, and Automotive Seating Americas. He also served as executive director, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis; and vice president and chief financial officer, Varta Autobatterie GmbH in Germany.

Fournier earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

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About Piston Group

Piston Group companies, including Piston Automotive, Irvin Automotive, and Detroit Thermal Systems, design, engineer, assemble and manufacture a wide variety of automotive parts and systems. AIREA is an office design studio and furniture dealer. In total, the Piston Group has more than 8,500 employees at 17 facilities in North America with annual sales of more than $1.7 billion. It ranks among the top five privately-owned auto suppliers in southeastern Michigan and its customers include Delta Airlines, FCA US, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Southwest Airlines, Toyota, and ZF.

With annual sales of more than $1 billion, Piston Automotive has 850 employees at locations in Detroit; Redford, Michigan; Belvidere, Illinois; Georgetown, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; North Kansas City, Missouri, and Toledo, Ohio. Headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan, Irvin Automotive has annual sales of $425 million with 7,000 employees and facilities in Acuna and Sabinas, Mexico, and Del Rio, Texas. Based in Romulus, Michigan, Detroit Thermal Systems has 700 employees with annual sales of $285 million. AIREA has stores in Detroit and Southfield, Michigan, with 30 employees and annual sales of $20 million. All four Piston Group companies are MBE certified.

Visit www.pistongroup.com, www.irvinautomotive.com, www.pistonautomotive.com, www.detroitthermalsystems.com or www.aireainc.com for more information.

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Vicki Richardson
Piston Group
Phone: +1.313.541.8546
Email: vrichardson@pistongroup.com

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