Delphi's J.T. Battenberg, III to Receive SAE Foundation's 2004 Manufacturing Leadership Award
Troy, MI (March 7, 2004) - J.T. Battenberg, III, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Delphi Corporation, is the recipient of the 2004 Manufacturing Leadership Award issued by the SAE Foundation. Battenberg will receive the award at the Annual SAE Foundation Banquet on Wednesday, May 12, at Ford Field in Detroit.
The banquet benefits educational programs for students in elementary, middle and high school as well as college and beyond offered through the SAE Foundation.
The Manufacturing Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the development of the automobile, truck or automotive industry. Nominees must have achieved a significant level of success in their manufacturing careers, demonstrated innovation and risk taking, and established a new direction or developed a position which challenged their industry. Applicants must also have made contributions outside the automotive industry exemplified through community education, philanthropic or government activities.
"Being the recipient of the SAE Foundation's 2004 Manufacturing Leadership Award is an enormous honor," Battenberg said. "Our industry is challenged everyday to develop innovations that will lead to greater efficiencies for our environment, our customers and our companies. High-tech companies like Delphi rely on the skills of our engineers and scientists to keep our technology pipeline full. Programs like the SAE Foundation that focus on educating students in math and science are vital to ensure that we have a highly skilled workforce in the future.
"As technology continues to change the way we do business, we must get more students to choose engineering and science-related careers. The educational programs offered through the SAE Foundation ignite the curiosity of students and keep them engaged in math and science principles through innovative hands-on activities. By sustaining and encouraging this early interest, our workforce needs can be met."
The educational programs from SAE involve mentors from the engineering profession who work with students and teachers in the classroom on projects that bring many math and science principles and theories to life.
J.T. Battenberg, III
Under Battenberg's leadership, Delphi became an independent company in May 1999 - ranking 57th in the Fortune 500 in its first full year of independence. Since then, Battenberg has further established Delphi as a key strategic supplier, focusing the company on growing its high-tech product sales, restructuring its portfolio and diversifying its customer base for long-term profitability. Battenberg has directed Delphi to examine new partnership opportunities and acquire technologies that will allow the company to grow market share in selected traditional automotive markets while expanding into non-automotive markets.
Battenberg held numerous positions at General Motors (GM) and Delphi, including assembly plant superintendent of industrial engineering, comptroller, production manager and plant manager. He served as managing director of the GM Continental Division in Belgium, general manager of GM's overseas truck operations in England, and was a member of the Opel Supervisory Board. In 1986, he was named vice president for the former Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac (B-O-C) Group's Flint luxury car division, and later as vice president and group executive for the B-O-C Group.
In 1992, Battenberg became vice president and group executive of GM's Automotive Components Group (ACG) Worldwide. Two years later, he was elected a senior vice president and president of the group. In July 1995, he was elected executive vice president of GM and president of Delphi (formerly ACG Worldwide). He also served as a member of GM's President's Council, the top policy-making group for the company.
Battenberg earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute), a master's of business administration - operations research from Columbia University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Battenberg serves on the boards of the Sara Lee Corporation, Covisint, Columbia University Business School, Kettering University, the National Advisory Board for J.P. Morgan Chase, Economic Club of Detroit, Detroit Area Council of Boy Scouts and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). He is a member of The Business Roundtable, Business Council, Group of 100 and the Society of Automotive Engineers. In 1998, the Detroit Regional Chamber named Battenberg its International Business Council World Trader of the Year, and he also received the Double Eagle Leadership Award from the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. In 1999, he was inducted into the Shingo Prize Academy, which recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in manufacturing excellence. He was named an Automotive News All Star in 2000 and 2001.
In 2002, Battenberg was named Statesman of the Year by the Harvard Business Club of Detroit, and received the Leader of Vision-Technology Award by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) International, recognizing individuals in the creative arts and other industries who have used their sight, foresight and insight for the benefit and advancement of humankind. In September 2002, he was named Legend CEO by Automation Alley, which promotes the advancement of Oakland County, Mich. as a technology powerhouse. Battenberg also has received several other awards for leadership and service to the community.
The SAE Foundation Banquet
The SAE Foundation Banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and student exhibit. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m., and the award ceremony immediately follows. Tickets are $325 each or $3,000 for a table of 10. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. For reservations and sponsorship information, call 248-273-2480.