James K. Kamsickas (pronounced cam SIS kəs) is president, CEO, and a director of Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN). With more than a quarter century of global automotive and business experience, he joined the Dana in August 2015 after serving as president and CEO at International Automotive Components (IAC) for more than eight years.
Mr. Kamsickas led IAC since its founding in 2007, 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 and in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, and Thailand. Over this time, IAC grew from approx. $600 million in sales to nearly $6 billion in 2014, 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.
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, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Corp., and he has represented the interests of the automotive supplier industry in U.S. congressional and senatorial hearings in Washington, D.C. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The Manufactures Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), and is an honorary board member of Big Family of Michigan, a charitable organization dedicated to helping children and teens in foster care. In January, the White House named Mr. Kamsickas to a panel of business leaders comprising President Trump’s “Manufacturing Jobs Initiative,” and this year Mr. Kamsickas was ranked as the top executive in the region among large companies in employee surveys conducted by The (Toledo) Blade.