IAV Automotive Engineering appoints Chris Middlemass director of business development
August 24, 2011 by John Day
IAV’s North American subsidiary, IAV Automotive Engineering in Northville, MI, has appointed Christopher Middlemass director of business development. He has over 30 years of experience in the international automotive industry in technologies including turbochargers, turbo application, ignition systems and air systems.
Andy Ridgway, president of IAV Automotive Engineering, invited Middlemass to take on this responsibility because of his technical expertise and his reputation in the industry. “The restructuring and growth of IAV offers us many opportunities to approach the market with our diverse service offerings. I look forward to working with Chris to increase awareness of this with our customers,” states Ridgway.
Prior to IAV, Middlemass held the position of Chief Engineer with Tom Walkinshaw Racing, responsible for the turbocharged engines utilized in the Jaguar Sports Car Racing team. He moved from there to Federal Mogul, becoming the European Engineering Manager responsible for ignition system product development and customer approval. A move to Honeywell Turbo as Product Marketing Director resulted in a transfer to Michigan where Middlemass was successful in developing a market for turbochargers in light vehicles. Most recently Middlemass was a Business Development Director with AVL Powertrain developing strong relationships across the industry.
Middlemass holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Durham University in the UK and a Masters in Business Administration from Manchester Business School in the UK.
“I am excited to join IAV and to be involved with this great group of talented Engineers. I look forward to working with our customers and developing the capabilities to provide the most effective and efficient engineering services organization,” states Middlemass.
IAV is one of the leading providers of engineering services to the automotive industry. Its core competencies include powertrain, electronics and vehicle development. IAV provides clients with production-ready solutions for the entire vehicle on a one-stop shop basis. IAV engages in its own primary research, performs its own advanced development activities and works on an interdisciplinary basis. Clients include all major automobile manufacturers and component suppliers.