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Family-owned supplier ADAC Automotive taps stranger as new president and CEO

TWP WATERFALL. — West Michigan Tier 1 Automotive Supplier ADAC Automotive Inc. named a company outsider and industry veteran to replace longtime chairman and CEO Jim Teets.

The Cascade Township-based company announced today that Jonathan Husby has assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer effective Monday, August 22. sit on the board of directors of ADAC Automotive. The company had also named Jeff Dolbee as chairman in early 2021, although Dolbee left the company earlier this month, a company representative said. MiBiz.

Husby is an outside hire for the family-owned supplier of door handles and exterior mirrors that brings over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. For nearly five years, Husby served as President and CEO of SEG Automotive North America, and two years ago took on the additional role of Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining SEG, a global supplier of alternators and starters based in Novi, Husby held various positions at Harman International, TomTom and TeleAtlas. After earning a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University, Husby began his career as a sales manager at Denso International Inc.

“Jon is a seasoned industry veteran with a proven track record of skilled leadership and hands-on experience growing new and existing markets and serving a global customer base with numerous technologies and solutions,” said Teets said in a statement. “He is smart, capable and has established a reputation among his team and the industry as a motivator, coach and mentor. We are confident he will take ADAC to the next level while mentoring the next generation of leaders of our team.

Husby called the position a “unique opportunity” to lead a tier-one global supplier “that is also a multi-generational family business with a deep commitment to the communities and people it serves.”

jonathan husby“As I get to know the incredibly talented team that made ADAC the global powerhouse it is today, I also look forward to bringing everything I’ve learned about motivating people to life. talent, inspiring innovation, profitable business growth and navigating the complexities of this ever-changing industry,” Husby said in a statement.

Husby also serves on the boards of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.

Founded in 1975, ADAC Automotive has 14,500 employees worldwide and 17 manufacturing plants around the world. ADAC Automotive also has operations in Muskegon, Saranac and Auburn Hills in addition to its new headquarters in Cascade Township which opened in 2020.

Teets says MiBiz in 2018 that the new $23.5 million headquarters campus was key to attracting talent.

“We needed to do this. We needed an overhaul for our hired workforce, R&D and our engineers,” Teets said at the time. “To attract and retain talent, we needed the environment for all of this to happen.”

The leadership transition comes amid a tumultuous few years for the auto industry which has been battered by supply chain disruptions and a global shortage of semiconductor chips. Although some auto executives in the region have expressed optimism about federal policy changes aimed at outsourcing more semiconductor manufacturing, it could be at least a few years before the supply bottleneck hits. completely resolves.

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Rodney N.

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