James K. Kamsickas is president, chief executive officer (CEO), and a director of Dana Incorporated, which supplies engineered solutions that improve the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery around the world. Under his leadership, Dana sales have grown by more than 30 percent and profit by 47 percent, with 2019 marking the third consecutive year the company expects sales growth of nearly $1 billion.
In addition to exceptional organic growth, Dana has also experienced growth through key acquisitions, including Magnum Gaskets, SIFCO S.A, Brevini Group, S.p.A, U.S Manufacturing Corporation, TM4 Inc., SME Group, and most recently, the Drive Systems segment of the Oerlikon Group. As a result, the company has expanded operations into eight new countries, including Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and Turkey and has further strengthened its presence in high-growth countries such as China and India.
With more than 35,000 people globally, Dana has approximately 150 major manufacturing and technical centers in 33 countries on six continents. It is a people-centric organization and has been named a top employer of choice around the world, including significant honors in Asia, India, Italy, Mexico, South America, and the United States. Dana World Headquarters was named Top Workplace in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan the past three years, and Mr. Kamsickas was ranked as the top executive in the region in employee engagement by Energage in 2017.
Prior to joining Dana in 2015, Mr. Kamsickas served as president and CEO of International Automotive Components (IAC) for eight years, and he was also head of Lear Corporation’s Interior Systems Division and held a number of additional leadership roles within that organization.
In addition to leading large, multinational organizations for more than a decade, Mr. Kamsickas has actively represented the interests of the automotive supply industry in U.S. congressional proceedings and the broader mobility supply industry as part of the President of the United States’ council on manufacturing and job creation. He has also been a select member of the Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors supplier councils. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) and the United Way of Greater Toledo and is a member of the Toledo Rotary Foundation.
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 also holds an honorary doctoral degree from Central Michigan University.