Richard E. Dauch

Richard E. Dauch
Director since 1994
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board

Richard E. Dauch is Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board of AAM, and is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of AAM from 1994 to 2012 and has been a member of AAM's Board of Directors since the Company began operations in March 1994. In October 1997, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was also President of AAM from March 1994 through December 2000. Prior to March 1994, he spent 12 years at the Chrysler Corporation, where he established the just-in-time materials management system and the three-shift manufacturing vehicle assembly process. He is a retired officer from the Chrysler Corporation. Mr. Dauch's last position at Chrysler, in 1991, was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing. Mr. Dauch also served as Group Vice President of Volkswagen of America, where he established the manufacturing facilities and organization for the successful launch of the first major automotive transplant in the United States.  Mr. Dauch has more than 49 years of experience in the automotive industry. Mr. Dauch was named the 1996 Worldwide Automotive Industry Leader of the Year by the Automotive Hall of Fame, the 1997 Manufacturer of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and the 1999 Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News. In 2003, he received the Harvard Business School of Michigan Business Statesman Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Northwood University Outstanding Business Leader Award. In 2005, he received the Legend CEO Award from Automation Alley, and in 2006, he received the Shien-Ming Wu Foundation Manufacturing Leadership Award.  In 2012, Mr. Dauch was inducted into IndustryWeek's Manufacturing Hall of Fame.  Mr. Dauch also served as Chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers (N.A.M.), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of that organization.  In addition to lecturing extensively on the subject of manufacturing, he has authored two books, "Passion for Manufacturing," which was released in 1993, and "American Drive," which was released in September 2012. The Board considers Mr. Dauch's continuing leadership and the services he provides to AAM as critical to the achievement of the Company's strategic goals. Mr. Dauch's leadership and extensive expertise in the global automotive industry and manufacturing operations address the Company's need to maintain and reinforce AAM's unique operating culture as AAM expands internationally.

 

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