Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. has appointed Peter J. Chase as chief operating officer of the company that develops advanced emission control technology, the company announced on Jan. 30. He will report to CEO Matthew Beale.

Chase, 49, brings more than 25 years of experience in the automotive and industrial engine industries. Since 2005, he has served in key positions at IMPCO Technologies, Inc., which is now a division of Westport Fuel Systems. His roles included director of engineering, COO, executive vice president, operations and strategy and, most recently, general manager.

"Peter is a proven operations leader and strategist with a track record of success in driving manufacturing efficiencies and new product introductions in a demanding OEM environment," Beale said. "He has extensive experience delivering highly engineered solutions to automotive customers in our key markets of North America, China and India."

Prior to his role at IMPCO, Chase was a senior engineer (Automotive) at Cummins Engine Company Australia from 2004 to 2005. From 2002 to 2004 he was specialist engineer at General Motors Holden, Australia.  From 1999 to 2002, he was the director of engineering of IMPCO's GFP Division in the U.S.

From 1997 to 1999, Chase was technical services manager at IMPCO Technologies (Australia) Pty. Ltd. He served as product manager of business and product planning at Perkins Engines (Peterborough) Ltd. in the United Kingdom from 1995 to 1997. Other roles include project manager at the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria in Australia from 1992 to 1995 and research and development engineer at NGV Australia from 1990 to 1992.