VENTURA, Calif., June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:CDTI) ("CDTi" or the "Company"), a cleantech emissions control company, announced today that Lon E. Bell, Ph.D.has been appointed to serve as an independent director on CDTi's Board of Directors. Dr. Bell, an experienced industry executive with a national reputation as an expert in the mass production of thermoelectric products, has been granted over 100 patents for his inventions. CDTi's Board of Directors unanimously elected Dr. Bell on June 17, 2013 to serve as a member of the Board until the next annual meeting of stockholders. Dr. Bell, 72, founded Gentherm, formerly Amerigon Inc., a global developer and marketer of innovative thermal management technologies for a broad range of heating and cooling and temperature control applications in 1991. Dr. Bell most recently served as a consultant to Gentherm until December 2012. "We are very excited to have Dr. Bell join our Board of Directors," said Alexander Ellis, III, Chairman of the CDTi Board of Directors. "He is a highly accomplished executive with significant business acumen, technology and commercialization experience and first-hand understanding of the automotive industry, and will serve as a great resource for the Company as it further develops and extends its materials science technology platform into new markets. Our Board members look forward to the valuable perspective Dr. Bell will provide related to CDTi's strategy, operations and technology development as we remain focused on delivering value to CDTi's customers, employees and shareholders." "I'm delighted to join the Board of Directors of CDTi and particularly excited about contributing insight and guidance related to the Company's research and development activities," said Dr. Bell. "I believe CDTi's proprietary advanced low- and zero-platinum group metals catalyst technology represents an important new development and opportunity, and a disruptive materials science capability with potential applications in many industries."