James K. Kamsickas is president, CEO, and a director of Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN). With more than a quarter century of global mobility and business experience, Jim joined Dana in August 2015. Previously, he served as president and CEO at International Automotive Components (IAC) for more than eight years.
Under Mr. Kamsickas’ leadership, Dana has made great strides in building upon its strong reputation as a company that delivers on its commitments and consistently provides value to its customers and shareholders. Recently, Dana has grown, both organically and inorganically, including through the acquisition of four companies: Magnum Gaskets®, SIFCO S.A., Brevini Group, S.p.A., and U.S. Manufacturing Corporation. Dana employs approximately 27,000 people in more than 100 locations in 34 countries on six continents.
Mr. Kamsickas led IAC since its founding in 2007, which was the result of the combination of Lear Corporation’s Interiors Systems Division and automotive supplier Collins & Aikman. Under his leadership, IAC completed 15 strategic acquisitions, expanding around the globe and creating new manufacturing facilities and technical centers in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, and Thailand. Over this time, IAC grew from approximately $600 million in sales to nearly $6 billion, while employing more than 32,000 people at more than 100 locations in 22 countries.
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.
In addition to serving as a select member of the supplier councils for Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, Mr. Kamsickas also represented the interests of the automotive supply industry in U.S. congressional and senatorial proceedings in Washington D.C., in 2008. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) and is a member of the Toledo Rotary Foundation. In addition, he supports numerous local United Way initiatives, both personally and professionally. In January of 2017, the White House named Mr. Kamsickas to a panel of business leaders comprising President Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, and this year he was ranked as the top executive in the region among large companies in employee surveys conducted by The (Toledo) Blade.
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.