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DENSO Executive Douglas Patton Named 2017 SAE International President Nominee

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 14, 2015 -

SAE International’s Executive Nominating Committee (ENC) named Douglas Patton as its candidate for 2017 SAE International President.

The announcement was made during the opening ceremony of the SAE 2015 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress held recently in Rosemont, Ill.

Mr. Patton is Senior Vice President of DENSO International America, Inc.'s Engineering Division, overseeing operation of development facilities, production engineering, testing and technical services, engineering administration and the company's product engineering. He is responsible for climate control; engine management systems and components; engine electrical; safety products; cluster, navigation and body electronics and small motor engineering.

Promoted to director in 1993, Mr. Patton became a member of DENSO's Top Management Committee charged with guiding overall operations of the company, and chairman of the company's Human Development Committee to direct human resources activities. In addition to managing business development for new business segments, he oversaw BMW North American business and directed DaimlerChrysler sales activity in both the U.S. and Europe.

Previously with Caterpillar, Inc. for nine years as a release engineer and later a senior market analyst, Mr. Patton started with DENSO in 1986, managing heavy duty electrical sales and developing strategy to penetrate the on-highway truck market. In 1988, he became a senior manager for the General Motors account, maintaining business.

Mr. Patton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976 and his Master of Business Administration degree in 1984, both from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

He is a member of the SAE International, where he participates as a member of the society's Technical Standards Board and the Foundation Banquet Leadership Committee. He also is a past member of SAE’s Board of Directors, past Chair of the Mobility Electronic Council, and a founding member of the North American International Powertrain Conference.

Mr. Patton also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Engineering Society of Detroit.

Mr. Patton’s nomination will go to a member vote in November 2016. If elected, he will begin his one-year Presidential term in January 2017.

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