Doug Patton is executive vice president of Engineering and chief technical officer of DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), and senior director of DENSO Corp. Located at DENSO's North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, he oversees all North American product engineering and development, campus facilities and operations, all testing and technical services, and engineering administration. He is responsible for climate control; engine components and systems and components; engine electrical; safety products; cluster, in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) and body electronics, and small motor engineering.
Patton joined DENSO in 1986, where he managed heavy duty electrical sales and strategic business development for the U.S. on-highway truck market. In 1988, he became senior manager of the General Motors Co. account, responsible for maintaining customer business. In 1993, Patton was promoted to director of Engineering, responsible for managing business development for new business segments, overseeing BMW North American business and directing DaimlerChrysler sales activity in the U.S. and Europe.
In December 1999, Patton became vice president of Customer Development, assuming responsibility for Sales Planning, Ford Business and Heavy Duty/Off Highway Business and Service Center. One year later, he became vice president of Engineering, responsible for overseeing the Powertrain, Safety and Engine Electrical Engineering groups. When promoted to executive vice president in 2014, he took responsibility for all R&D while maintaining his previous senior vice president engineering responsibilities.
Before joining DENSO, for nine years, Patton served as a release engineer and later a senior market analyst at Caterpillar, Inc.
Patton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1984, both from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Currently, Patton serves as president of the DENSO Foundation Board, president of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and became an ESD Fellow in 2014. Patton is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where he participates on the SAE Finance Committee; he also serves as member of the SAE Executive Leadership Team for the North American International Powertrain Conference. Patton is also a member of Lawrence Technological University's College of Engineering Advisory Board.
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