The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the leading trade association focused on advancing the fast-changing mobility industry, has released a list of nationally-known executives who will serve on its Board of Directors in 2020. “We live in a time of extraordinary change, and in our industry, the rate of that change is only accelerating,” said MEMA President and CEO Bill Long. “This year we will see significant advances for our industry in the form of a new North American free trade deal – the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), accelerated technological advances, and continued global competition. These industry leaders will bring valuable insight and talent to bear for the entire industry, and I thank them for their leadership and vision in guiding MEMA and its four divisions in advancing the interests of North American vehicle parts manufacturers.”
In addition, MEMA named Tim Musgrave, President and CEO of Pressure Systems International, to serve as the Chairman of the Board.
“I have been involved with MEMA for many years through my work with HDMA and look forward to working with the board and Bill Long,” Musgrave said. “It is an exciting time to be participating in the future of our industry.”
Serving with positions on the board, as board officers, will be: Vice Chairman Marc Blackman, President and COO, Gold Eagle Company; Vice Chairman Mike Mansuetti, President, Robert Bosch; Treasurer Joe McAleese, Chairman, Bendix CVS, LLC; and Peter Butterfield, Chairman and CEO, Omega Environmental Technologies. Each of these elected board officers will assume critical responsibilities during their elected terms.
The remaining members of the Board of Directors include: Francoise Colpron, Group President, Valeo; Rick Dauch, President and CEO, Delphi Technologies; Justin Greenberg, CEO, Dieselcore; Director Dominic Grote, President and CEO, Grote Industries; Director David Overbeeke, President and CEO, Brake Parts Inc.; Director Tom Ward, Sr. Vice President and President, Repair System and Information Group, Snap-on; and Director Dan Sceli, CEO, Cadillac Products Automotive Company.
Capitalizing on this talent pool for the benefit of the entire industry will be a top priority toward strengthening MEMA for the future. In addition to the transformation and opportunities occurring in our industry, motor vehicle parts manufacturers are facing continued uncertainty regarding trade policies around the world, the challenges of US manufacturing competitiveness globally, workforce development needs, and legislative and regulatory changes being implemented or considered under the Trump administration.
“It has never been so important that our collective voice be clear and strong on the issues that affect us, and the 2020 MEMA Board of Directors is well-positioned to help lead our industry,” Long said. “MEMA is prepared to help parts manufacturers prosper.”
Fulfilling their terms on the MEMA Board are: Charles E. (Charley) Johnson, President and CEO, OptiCat; Keith Stipp, Vice President Global Customer Champion, Aptiv; and Jens Schueler, President, Automotive Aftermarket Americas, Schaeffler Group USA, Inc; and Samir Salman, CEO, NAFTA Region, Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. A full list of the MEMA Board of Directors is available online.
“We as an industry and a community want to thank Charley, Keith, Samir and Jens for their years of service on the MEMA Board,” Long said. “It is from their experience, dedication and leadership that we are so well positioned for the future.”
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise a leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity – and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 871,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 4.26 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing (MERA), and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit www.mema.org.
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