Leadership Team / Board of Directors
Chairman / Chief Executive Officer of Dana Incorporated
James K. Kamsickas is chairman and chief executive officer of Dana Incorporated, a supplier of engineered solutions that improve the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery around the world.
Under Mr. Kamsickas’ leadership, the company has grown sales by 42 percent and increased profits by 63 percent, while also executing 11 acquisitions – seven related to vehicle electrification – establishing Dana, historically a mechanical company, as a supplier of complete electric-vehicle propulsion systems.
With more than 36,000 people globally, 150 major manufacturing and technical centers in 34 countries on six continents. It is a people-centric organization with a strong focus on inclusion and diversity, demonstrated by Mr. Kamsickas actively participating in the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, which is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Dana has been named a top employer of choice around the world and its World Headquarters was named Top Workplace in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan the past four years.
Mr. Kamsickas is one of the most experienced and longstanding industry veterans, with more than 30 years in the mobility business, spanning the light-vehicle, commercial-vehicle, and off-highway segments. He has led global organizations that supply significant vehicle content, including powertrains, interiors, acoustics, exteriors, seating, electrodynamics, sealing, thermal, industrial motion, aftermarket components, and systems.
Prior to joining Dana in 2015, Mr. Kamsickas was president and CEO of International Automotive Components – which at the time was privately held by current U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross – for eight years. In addition, he served as head of Lear Corporation’s Interior Systems Division and held several other senior leadership roles within that organization.
Mr. Kamsickas has actively represented the interests of the automotive supply industry in U.S. congressional proceedings and the broader mobility supply industry as a member of the President of the United States’ council on manufacturing and job creation. He has also served on the supplier councils of Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation 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 Doctorate of Commercial Science from Central Michigan University.