James K. Kamsickas is president, CEO, and a director of Dana Incorporated. With more than a quarter century of global automotive and business experience, he joined Dana in August 2015 after serving as president and CEO at International Automotive Components (IAC) for more than eight years.
Under Mr. Kamsickas’ leadership, Dana has built upon its strong reputation as a company that delivers on its commitments and consistently provides value to its customers. In addition to solid organic growth, the company is experiencing growth through key acquisitions, including Magnum Gaskets, SIFCO S.A, Brevini Group, S.p.A, and the Michigan operations of U.S Manufacturing Corporation. Also under Mr. Kamsickas’ leadership, Dana introduced a new enterprise strategy, “Shifting into Overdrive,” which includes leveraging core expertise, strengthening customer centricity, expanding global markets, commercializing new technologies, and accelerating hybridization and electrification.
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.
Prior to joining Dana, Mr. Kamsickas led IAC since its founding in 2007. Under his leadership, IAC 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), as well as the United Way of Greater Toledo. He is a member of the Toledo Rotary Foundation and was ranked as the top executive in the region among large companies in employee surveys conducted by The (Toledo) Blade 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.