John Batchik Named Chairman of AIAG

  • January 03, 2011
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January 3, 2011 - Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) announced that John Batchik, vice president, quality at Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, has been elected chairman of the board, and that David Kneisler, vice president, global quality at Dana Holding Corp., has been elected vice chairman. Both will serve 24-month terms, effective Jan. 1, 2011.“AIAG exists to help companies work collaboratively on projects that drive the entire supply process toward peak performance, whether the metric is quality, cost, speed,” said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG. “John and David will help us take AIAG’s performance in its traditional focus areas to an even higher level of performance and guide the organization as we continue to expand into areas such as corporate responsibility, the environment, and health and safety, where AIAG’s expertise in project management can add tremendous value.”Batchik, who had been AIAG vice chairman since January 2009, succeeds Brian Vautaw, formerly vice president, information technology, Lear Corp. “Brian’s tenure on the board of AIAG was marked by the most challenging economic conditions our members have ever faced and his contributions as chairman helped set the stage for companies to emerge from the recession more efficient and with higher quality,” said Sharland. “We thank him for his service.” At Plymouth, Mich.-based Freudenberg-NOK, Batchik is responsible for directing central quality functions, establishing performance standards, and developing and improving operating metrics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He joined the AIAG board in 2006. “AIAG has been very successful for a long time in bringing OEMs, suppliers and service companies together to find better ways to do business,” Batchik said. “The value of teamwork and close collaboration was proven again during the recession. As chairman, I look forward to working with AIAG’s leadership and board to build on this model and set a course that will move the industry forward for the next generation.”At Dana, Kneisler oversees the Maumee, Ohio-based supplier’s global quality, warranty and technical problem solving initiatives. Kneisler earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He joined the AIAG board in 2006.“The globalization of manufacturing, the increasing complexity of the supply chain process and the rise of new information technologies are making AIAG’s role more important than ever,” said Kneisler. “I am pleased to have this opportunity to work with Scot, John and the board to support the AIAG team and to promote their continuous improvement initiatives.”About AIAGAIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where for more than 25 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government and academia have worked collaboratively to drive cost and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to include preeminent OEMs such as Caterpillar, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Honda, Navistar International, Nissan, Toyota and many of their part suppliers and service providers. Learn More

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