Tenneco Automotive Inc. (ticker: TEN, exchange: New York Stock Exchange) News Release

March 17, 2003


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, MARCH 17, 2003 - Tenneco Automotive (NYSE: TEN) today announced the appointment of Ulrich Mehlmann as Vice President and General Manager, Original Equipment Emission Control, Europe. He joins Tenneco Automotive from TRW, Koblenz, where he was Vice President, European Chassis Operations.

Mehlmann, 44, will be based at Tenneco Automotive's global emission control R&D headquarters in Edenkoben, Germany, and will report to Hari Nair, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Tenneco Automotive, Europe.

Commenting on the appointment, Nair said: "This is a key leadership position that requires the ability to manage diverse operations, lead organisational change and bring profitable growth. I am confident that Ulrich's proven experience in all these areas will benefit both the Emission Control business and complement Tenneco Automotive's European Leadership Team."

Mehlmann replaces Tim Jackson, Senior Vice President of Global Technology, who managed the business in an interim role since April 2002. Jackson was today named to the new position of Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Engineering.

Prior to joining TRW in 2000, Mehlmann was Director, Operations and Worldwide Quality for Delphi Diesel Systems, based in Paris. Mehlmann began his automotive career with Lucas Automotive, Koblenz, in 1985, serving in various European and international quality management positions before being appointed Quality Director in 1996.

Mehlmann holds a degree in technology and materials from the University of Dortmund in Germany and completed post-graduate management studies in Switzerland and the UK.

Tenneco Automotive is a $3.5 billion manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois. The company employs approximately 19,600 employees worldwide. Tenneco Automotive is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of Automotive ride and emission control products and systems. Tenneco Automotive's brands include Monroe®, Walker®, Gillet® and Fonos®, trademarks of Tenneco Automotive.

The company's European Original Equipment Emission Control business has 11 manufacturing plants in Europe and South Africa and eight Inline Sequencing (ILS) and Just in Time (JIT) facilities on or near customer sites. The business manufactures complete exhaust systems under the Gillet® brand name for the world's leading OEMs, and has special capabilities in converters, manifolds and advanced acoustics. Key technologies in serial production include diesel particulate filters, semi-active mufflers, close coupled converters and DeNox systems for the heavy-duty market. The business employs approximately 3,000 people in the region.

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