AP Exhaust Technologies, LLC (“AP Exhaust”) has announced the appointment of Hugh Charvat as chief executive officer (CEO) and member of the AP Exhaust Executive team, effective immediately.
Evangelos “Vange” Proimos will continue as the company’s executive chairman, working directly with Charvat on developing the company’s strategies, growing the business organically and through acquisitions, and supporting AP Exhaust’s customer relationships.
Charvat joins AP Exhaust with over 25 years of experience in the automotive and truck aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) industries. In his most recent role, he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Schrader International, Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of pressure-related valve and sensing technologies. Under Charvat’s leadership, Schrader operated eight global manufacturing facilities and 10 sales and engineering offices around the world selling to the automotive and industrial OEM and aftermarket channels in more than 40 countries.
Before Schrader, Charvat held increasingly significant leadership roles at FleetPride, Inc., a leading distributor in the aftermarket parts industry serving the trucking industry. He started his career at U.S. Tire & Exhaust, beginning as a Market Development Specialist and ascending to the vice president of Purchasing before departing in 1999. Charvat earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Eastern Illinois University and is a member of the Auto Care Association (ACA), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), and the Heavy Duty Business Forum (HDBF).
Proimos said, “We are truly excited to have Hugh join AP Exhaust as our CEO. He is the ideal candidate to build on the solid foundation that AP Exhaust has established in the industry. Hugh is a seasoned and proven industry leader with more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and, specifically, in the automotive and heavy duty exhaust aftermarket. Hugh’s familiarity with AP Exhaust goes back to 1998 when he was a customer.”
“I’m honored and energized for the opportunity to lead this outstanding organization,” added Charvat. “The team at AP Exhaust has built a strong and well respected brand in the automotive aftermarket and has a proven track record of delivering industry leading products and outstanding service to their customers. I look forward to working with the team at AP Exhaust to continue to build upon their successes and drive continued growth through industry leading service levels and product breadth.”