James K. Kamsickas is president, chief executive officer (CEO), and a director of Dana Incorporated. With more than a quarter century of global automotive and business experience, Mr. Kamsickas has successfully led two major global automotive suppliers. After serving as president and CEO of International Automotive Components (IAC) for eight years, he joined Dana in August 2015 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, Dana has grown sales by nearly 20 percent, while profits have increased by 45 percent. With more than 30,000 people globally, Dana has approximately 140 major manufacturing and technical centers in 33 countries on six continents.
In addition to exceptional organic growth, the company has experienced growth through key acquisitions, including Magnum Gaskets, SIFCO S.A, Brevini Group, S.p.A, and U.S Manufacturing Corporation. As a result, Dana has expanded operations into eight new countries, including Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and Turkey.
The company is ranked among the Drucker Institute’s listing of the 250 most effectively managed public companies. The “Management Top 250,” which was published in The Wall Street Journal, measures five key areas of corporate “effectiveness” – customer service, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility, and financial strength.
Under Mr. Kamsickas’ leadership at IAC, the company completed 15 additional strategic acquisitions, expanding around the globe and creating new manufacturing facilities and/or 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.
In addition to serving as a select member of the supplier councils for Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, Mr. Kamsickas has also represented the interests of the automotive supply industry in U.S. congressional proceedings and at the White House. He currently 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. In addition, Mr. Kamsickas was ranked as the top executive in the region among large companies in employee surveys conducted by Energage in 2017.
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.