Ventura-based Clean Diesel Technologies has promoted Christopher Harris to president and CEO, filling a vacancy created by former chief executive Craig Breese’s sudden departure in late 2013.
Harris joined Clean Diesel as chief operations officer in late 2010, with the merger of Clean Diesel and Catalytic Solutions. He has served as the company’s chief operating officer and vice president of integrated supply chain and research engineering since April 2012.
At Catalytic Solutions, Harris was president of the firm’s catalyst business unit for two years. Before that, he held leadership positions at early-stage nanotechnology firm Aculon, Avery Dennison Corp.’s performance polymers business and speciality chemical firm Rohm and Haas Co.
In April, the firm raised $6.9 million in a sale of stock and warrants. The raise came about a month after it started production on a new series of catalytic-emissions reduction products for the 2015 version of Honda Motor Co.’s gasoline-powered Acura TLX model.
“CDTi’s focus on execution in product and technology development has established us as an innovator in the catalyst industry,” Harris said in a statement. “And it is this spirit and culture of innovation that will be particularly valuable to global auto [original equipment manufacturers] as they increasingly demand low- and zero-platinum group metal solutions for their catalyst requirements.”