Global CEO Panel
Organizers - Patrick E. Charbonneau, International Truck and Engine Corporation
Daniel Ustian, Navistar International Corporation
Daniel C. Ustian is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV), the parent company of Warrenville, Ill.-based International Truck and Engine Corporation. He began serving as chairman of the board of directors following the company's annual meeting on February 17, 2004, and as chief executive officer on February 18, 2003.
Before being named CEO, Ustian served as president and chief operating officer since April 2002, overseeing the company's truck and engine operations and participating in the development of the company's future strategic direction with a particular emphasis on growth initiatives.
Previously, Ustian served as president of International's engine group beginning July 1999. Ustian also served as group vice president and general manager of engine and foundry since 1990.
Under Ustian's leadership, the company's engine business experienced tremendous growth and introduced new product advances, becoming the world's largest manufacturer of mid-range diesel engines. Specifically, the engine and foundry group grew from $600 million in annual sales to $2 billion in revenues. Growth in volume and profit grew for 10 consecutive years.
Ustian joined the company in 1973 and served in a number of manufacturing and financial positions in its agricultural and truck groups. He was vice president of manufacturing for the engine and foundry group when he was named to head the group in 1993.
He also serves as chairman of the board of Blue Diamond Truck Company LLC, Diesel Components, Inc., Global Gear Corp. and Indianapolis Casting Corp. In June 2003, he was appointed to the Monaco Coach Corporation board of directors. He also was elected to the board of the Manufacturers Alliance in February 2004. In addition, Ustian is a member of SAE International, the American Foundry Association and the Executives' Club of Chicago.
Ustian was born June 30, 1950, in Chicago and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from DePaul University in 1972.
Ulrich Dohle, Robert Bosch GmbH
Dr. Dohle studied mechanical engineering at the Rhine-Westphalian Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany from 1973 to 1980, with a focus on internal combustion engines, and completed his doctorate there in 1983 on the topic of stationary combustion (industrial furnace design).
He began his career at Robert Bosch GmbH as a process engineer in the production plant for Lambda sensors in Rutesheim, where he became Group Manager a year later. From 1988 to 1991, he was employed as HOD responsible for establishing the production line for petrol injection components in the Anderson plant, South Carolina, U.S.A. After returning to Stuttgart, he was employed as Assistant to the Management Chairman. From 1994 to 1996, he was Technical Director of the plant in Cardiff, Wales, and during this time was responsible for building up and stabilizing the production line for the new compact generator.
From 1996 to 1998, after Bosch had acquired the hydraulic vehicle brakes division from Allied Signal, Dr. Dohle assumed the role of Production Manager, with responsibility for 11 plants in the U.S.A., Mexico, and Brazil.
Since 1998, he has been a member of the division's Board of Management, with responsibility for the diesel systems business. For the first three years, this involved the global production of high-pressure injection systems, i.e. for starting and running up the modern common rail and unit injector (pump-jet) systems. In April 2002, he assumed responsibility for the Development department, with 14 development locations worldwide. In April 2003, while maintaining responsibility for Development, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management for the Diesel Systems division.
Dr. Dohle is married, and has a son and a daughter.
John G. Sanderson, Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
John G. Sanderson is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Siemens VDO Automotive Corp. He has the responsibility for the global automotive electronics supplier's North and South American business and profitability initiatives.
Together with Chairman of the Board of Siemens VDO Wolfgang Dehen, Sanderson works closely with the worldwide Siemens VDO Managing Board to determine and implement company policy for the NAFTA market place and identify new business opportunities.
Previously, Sanderson also led the global product development, manufacturing and engineering of Siemens VDO's Powertrain Gasoline Systems division.
Prior to serving as vice president and general manager of Gasoline Systems, Sanderson was vice president and account executive for two global key customer accounts - Ford Motor Co. in 1995, and two years later, accepting the leadership of the General Motors worldwide sales team.
In 1995, Sanderson completed a four-year assignment as Director of Marketing for the Air, Fuel and Emissions Components division of the company.
Before 1991, Sanderson served in various management positions, including business development, finance, manufacturing operations and strategic planning.
Sanderson is a member of the Original Equipment Supplier Assoc. (OESA) Board of Directors, is on the executive board of the Detroit Economic Club, is a Board of Director for the Detroit Renaissance and sits on the Siemens Foundation Board of Directors. He was named Automation Alley's CEO of the Year in 2005, holds a B.S. and a M.B.A. from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. and completed five years of military service with the United States Navy.
Siemens VDO Automotive is a leading international automotive electronics and mechatronic supplier. The group is part of Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) and generated sales of $11.3 billion (€9.6 billion) in the 2005 business year (ending Sept. 30).
Paul Vikner, Mack Trucks Inc.
Paul L. Vikner was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Mack Trucks, Inc., effective July 1, 2001. In this role he oversees all activities relating to Mack, a business area of the Volvo Group of Sweden. Mr. Vikner also serves on the Volvo Group Executive Committee, the global company's highest level management committee, reporting to Volvo Group Chairman Leif Johansson.
Mr. Vikner began his career in the trucking industry at Mack, where he held management positions in the company's international division from 1972 to 1979. From 1980 to 1983, he was with Iveco Trucks of North America, Inc., where he rose to the position of vice president. Mr. Vikner spent eleven years with Isuzu Truck in North America., ending his tenure there as seniorvice president for Commercial operations responsible for Truck and OEM engine activities.
He returned to Mack in 1995 as senior vice president sales. In 1996 he was named executive vice president sales and marketing, with responsibility for all of Mack's North American sales, marketing, parts, and customer support activities He also serves on the boards of a variety of business, academic, and community organizations.
Mr. Vikner earned his B.A. degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. He and his wife Sally are the parents of two children, and reside in Allentown.
Dedicated to quality, reliability, and total customer satisfaction, Mack Trucks, Inc. has provided its customers with innovative transportation solutions for more than a century. Today, Mack is one of North America's largest producers of heavy-duty trucks, and MACK� vehicles are sold and serviced in more than 45 countries worldwide.
Mack is a member of the Volvo Group, a publicly held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. With annual sales of approximately $22 billion, Volvo�s business areas include heavy trucks, buses, construction equipment, marine and industrial drive systems, aerospace, and financial services. In the United States, Volvo shares are listed on NASDAQ and are traded as ADRs (symbol: VOLVY).
Peter Volanakis, Corning Inc.
Peter F. Volanakis joined Corning in 1982 as a market development specialist in Optical Products. He was named product manager for Technical Ceramics in 1985, and subsequently served in various commercial positions in Environmental Products.
In 1991, Volanakis became director of Corporate Marketing.
He returned to the Environmental Products Division in 1992 as general manager, Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 1995, he was named executive vice president, Siecor Corporation (a Siemens-Corning Equity Venture) in Hickory, N.C., and in October 1997 returned to Corning as senior vice president, Advanced Display Products (LCD's). He was appointed executive vice president of the Display sector and Life Sciences division in January 1999.
In January 2001, he became president, Corning Technologies with responsibility for the company's Information Display and Advanced Materials groups, as well as international operations and central engineering (MTE). In April 2005, Volanakis was named chief operating officer with responsibilities for all of Corning's business operations.
Volanakis was elected to the board of directors of Corning in December 2000. He is also on the board of directors of Dow Corning; the board of trustees of the Corning Incorporated Foundation and Corning Museum of Glass; and the board of overseers of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Volanakis holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Dartmouth College and a master's degree from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.