James K. Kamsickas is president, CEO, and a director of Dana Holding Corporation since August 2015 after serving in a similar capacity at International Automotive Components (IAC) for eight years.
Mr. Kamsickas has more than a quarter century of global automotive and business experience. Under his leadership, IAC expanded around the globe, creating new manufacturing facilities and/or technical centers and in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, and Thailand. Since the original foundation-building acquisitions of Lear Corporation’s Interiors Systems Division and Collins & Aikman, as well as 15 additional strategic acquisitions in key regions around the world, IAC grew to $5.9 billion in 2014 sales, more than 32,000 employees, and more than 100 global locations.
Previously the head of Lear Corporation’s Interior Systems Division, Mr. Kamsickas held a number of leadership roles within that organization, including vice president in its General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler customer divisions and vice president of operations of Lear’s Seating, Electrical, and Interiors divisions. He also served in several key positions in the development of Lear’s European operations, including international assignments in Germany, Sweden, and Austria.
A native of Saginaw, Mich., Mr. Kamsickas earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.
He has participated as a select member on the supplier councils and panels for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Corp. In addition, he has represented the interests of the automotive supplier industry in U.S. congressional and senatorial hearings in Washington, D.C. In 2012, Kamsickas was recognized by dBusiness magazine and Junior Achievement as a "Champion of the New Economy." He serves as honorary board member of Big Family of Michigan, a charitable organization dedicated to helping children and teens in foster care.