Walbro appoints president and CEO

Headquartered in Tuscon, Ariz., Walbro Engine Management, the world’s largest carburetor manufacturer and leading supplier of ignition, fuel delivery and storage components and systems, announced April 20 the appointment of Matthew Riddle as president and chief executive officer. He will immediately assume responsibilities and succeed Tony Martin, who has stepped down.

Riddle, 48, is a seasoned international executive, having served operational and leadership roles at FMC Corporation, United Defense Industries Inc., BAE Systems Inc., and most recently as president of Raytheon International Inc. During his tenure at Raytheon, Riddle helped grow its international business almost two-fold.

“I am honored by the opportunity to lead Walbro into its next chapter, continuing our focus on the customer and our drive on improving performance” said Riddle. “Walbro has tremendous talent, a long legacy of innovation, and a unique position of strength in ignition- and fuel-system solutions. I look forward to working closely with our leadership team and employees worldwide to drive profitable growth through solutions that help our customers achieve competitive advantage.”

A patented inventor, Riddle is active with the Boy Scouts and sits on the board of the National Philharmonic. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University. Riddle is married with three children, and his interests include his family, the outdoors, reading, automobiles, hunting and fishing.

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