Julie Fream stepping down, Collin Shaw takes the wheel at MEMA OE Suppliers Group

Shaw joined MEMA in early 2022 as president of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) and currently serves as MEMA’s chief commercial vehicle officer and chief operations officer for OES.

Julie Fream, who has led MEMA’s Original Equipment Suppliers (OES) division for the past decade, is stepping down from her role on March 31st. Fream, a veteran of the automotive industry with 40 years of experience, will be pursuing new opportunities outside MEMA.

“Julie is a deeply respected and influential champion for suppliers. In her role, she advanced the business interests of vehicle suppliers during some of the most challenging times the industry has faced,” said Bill Long, president and CEO, MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association. “The MEMA organization and its members greatly appreciate Julie’s long-standing and positive leadership.”

Taking the reins from Fream, Collin Shaw will be stepping into the role of president of MEMA OES, effective April 1st. Shaw joined MEMA in early 2022 as president of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) and currently serves as MEMA’s chief commercial vehicle officer and chief operations officer for OES. He was chosen for the position after a thorough search by the MEMA Executive Committee and the OES board chairman. To ensure a smooth transition, Fream will stay on in an advisory role for a few months.

Shaw takes the helm at a critical juncture for the automotive parts supplier industry, which represents the largest manufacturing sector in the United States. Facing rapid technological advancements, international trade threats, economic concerns, and shifting regulatory landscapes, the industry is undergoing significant changes. MEMA serves as a vital voice for its 500+ member companies in Washington D.C. on these critical issues.

“Collin brings OEM and supplier experience to the organization, as well as experience in both the passenger car and commercial vehicle supplier environments.  He will lead the organization with a fresh perspective in the wake of MEMA’s recent realignment to better position the Original Equipment Suppliers group and its members for the future. We are fortunate to have his guidance as we address unprecedented levels of change,” said Jon Husby, MEMA OE Supplier group board chairman and president and CEO of ADAC Automotive. “I am excited to have Collin in this key role at this important time.”

“Our industry and our members are both experiencing and driving transformational advances in vehicle technology while at the same time adapting to tectonic shifts in the global marketplace,” Shaw said in a statement. “Now more than ever, it is important that our collective voice be clear and strong on the issues that affect us all. I am grateful to the MEMA organization and members for the opportunity to serve them at this level.”   

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