ARBOR, Mich. Larry W. McCurdy, Chairman of the Board of Affinia Group
Inc. since the company’s inception in 2004, died Aug. 3 at the age of
75. McCurdy was a highly respected leader within the aftermarket for
many years, having held executive positions with several of the
industry’s best-known companies.
“Larry was a true leader in every
sense of the word,” said Terry R. McCormack, president and CEO of
Affinia Group. “He was always generous with his knowledge, his time and
his trusted relationships within the industry. Larry served as a wise
and patient mentor to our management team and was very instrumental in
helping us formulate our global strategies. We will greatly miss his
valued counsel and his warm friendship. Our thoughts and prayers go out
to his family during this very difficult time.”
McCurdy served as
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Echlin
Inc. from March 1997 until its merger with Dana in 1998. After the
merger, he served as President of the Aftermarket Group at Dana Corp.
until his retirement in 2000. He joined the Affinia Group board upon
its founding in December 2004.
McCurdy also held senior executive
positions at Cooper Industries and Moog Automotive, where he served as
President and Chief Executive Officer, and with Tenneco, where he
served as President of its Walker Manufacturing subsidiary and
Executive Vice President of North American Operations. McCurdy also
served on the Board of Directors of Lear Corp., Mohawk Industries and
Calling hours and the funeral took place in Madison, Conn.