Leadership Team

Wolverine’s management team encompasses a diverse group of talents and expertise, all with a history of business success. Together, this team guides the efforts of more than 500 employees on four continents, with an emphasis on growth through unrelenting attention to the needs of our customers.

Rémi Riou - General ManagerRÉMI RIOU, General Manager

Rémi has more than 20 years of experience within the industrial and manufacturing environments, he most recently held the position of CFO for Motion Technologies within ITT Corporation. Prior to ITT, Rémi spent the majority of his career at Valeo, a global company focused on automotive systems and products. During his tenure, he held various financial positions in the US, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain and Brazil. In addition, he was the CFO and Chief Operating Officer for Orangina Schweppes, where he supported the company`s successful turnaround growth plan. Rémi holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the European Business School and an Executive MBA from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris.

Jerome Pedretti - Chief Financial OfficerJEROME PEDRETTI, Chief Financial Officer

Jerome has 28 years of financial experience. Most recently, Jerome held the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance of Americas position with IMI Precision Engineering. In addition, Jerome held multiple senior leadership roles with increasing responsibilities at Guardian Industries and Valeo Corporation. Jerome earned his Master`s Business Administration Degree from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in France and a Master`s Degree in Advanced Accounting, Tax and Finance.

DR. ABDUL-HAFIZ AFANEH - Vice President of Global EngineeringDR. ABDUL-HAFIZ AFANEH, Vice President of Global Engineering

With over 25 years of experience within the automotive and aerospace industries, Dr. Afaneh held positions as the Manager of Drive Systems at GE Aviation, and Engineering Director of Chassis Systems at Robert Bosch, LLC. Dr. Afaneh has a Ph.D. and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Jordan University.


Francesco Laureri - Industrial Project DirectorFRANCESCO LAURERI, Industrial Project Director

Francesco has more than 15 years of experience in industrial and manufacturing environments. Francesco most recently held the position of Industrial Organizational Director at ITT Motion Technologies. Prior, he held Operational leadership roles at Franke, UTC and Eaton Corporation. Francesco holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautic Engineering.

DR. PETER KNITTIG, Managing DirectorDR. PETER KNITTIG, Managing Director, Germany

Peter has more than 23 years of professional and global experience within Engineering, Sales & Marketing and R&D within the automotive and brake industry. Most recently, Peter was the Chairman of the Board at Conttek Holding. In addition, he held executive positions with MAHLE and Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems. Peter has a Doctorate and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Sophia University, Master’s degree in Business Administration with a major in International Finance from Huron International University and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Munich University of Applied Science.

BRIAN KNOX, Vice President of Global SalesBRIAN KNOX, Vice President of Global Sales

Brian has 23 years of automotive and 17 years of sales experience. He has been with Wolverine for 11 years holding the following positions: Global Director of Aftermarket, Director of North and South America, Vice President of Asia and Business Development.


Steve Haddad - Executive Director Human ResourcesSTEVE HADDAD, Executive Director Human Resources

With over 16 years of Human Resources experience, Steve most recently held the position of Director Human Resources for Shiloh Industries. Steve has held progressive Human Resource leadership and strategic business partner roles at Boehringer-Ingelheim, Dana Holding Corporation, and Chrysler. Steve earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Oakland University.

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ITT is a diversified leading manufacturer of highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets. Building on its heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver enduring solutions to the key industries that underpin our modern way of life. Founded in 1920, ITT is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with employees in more than 35 countries and sales in a total of approximately 125 countries. The company generated 2014 revenues of $2.7 billion. For more information, visit www.itt.com.