2018 President Velodyne LiDAR Inc.
2017 President DENSO International America Inc.
2019 President Fontinalis Partners LLC
2018-2019 Treasurer Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
David Schutt, Ph.D., is the CEO and oversees the global management and operations of the +$150M SAE Group, consisting of SAE International (SAEI), The Performance Review Institute (PRI), the Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC) and several subsidiaries and joint ventures. SAE International is not-for-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing mobility technology and design engineering to better serve humanity. Its more than 128,000 members, including engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 100 countries, develop technical standards, publish authoritative literature, and share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is the world's resource for designing, building, maintaining and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space. The Performance Review Institute is a trade association that advances the interests of industry through development of performance standards and administration of quality assurance, accreditation, and certification programs; as well as related activities for the benefit of industry, government and the public. It provides a full range of programs and services designed to improve manufacturing process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost and promoting collaboration between global stakeholders in the mobility and other interested industries. The SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC) is a trade association with a mission to build industry infrastructure tailored to the respective technology, market and industry member groups while satisfying time horizons and providing the responsible resources to enable achievement of industry objectives. Within the SAE ITC, the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC), administers as an Other Transaction Authority (OTA), a US Government mechanism to engage non-traditional defense contracts to quickly and efficiently integrate innovative automotive technologies into military ground vehicles, ultimately resulting in speed of adoption of commercial technologies and improved defense capabilities. Dr. Schutt serves on a variety of not-for-profit and for-profits boards, national commissions and local business organizations. Prior to joining SAE International in 2007, Dr. Schutt worked at the American Chemical Society (ACS) in several executive management positions. Dr. Schutt holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree from Calvin College. He also earned an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
2018-2020 Vice President–Aerospace Airbus
2016-2018 Vice President, Automotive Center for Automotive Research
2020 Director PACCAR Inc.
2016-2018 Director Weichai Power Co., Ltd.
2017-2020 Director Lockheed Martin Co.
2016-2018 Director Navistar
2018-2021 Director Brandmotion LLC
Jeff Varick the Founder and CEO of Brandmotion LLC based in Southfield, MI. Varick created Brandmotion with a belief that Tier One suppliers would benefit from adjacent channel revenue and quick new product feedback through aftermarket distribution services. Brandmotion serves professional installation customers in every US state, Canada and Mexico. The 26-person company is involved in all phases of design, manufacturing and distribution, growing at a 40% annual rate since 2010. Prior to founding Brandmotion, Varick served as Director, New Business Development at Johnson Controls Automotive Group, Inc. In that role, he articulated a strategy to create a new business unit to develop consumer-branded content for a major product innovation: the JCI RailPort Overhead Rail System. He also developed a business plan, secured internal funding, and formed and led a team of eight functional managers to win three major business awards for the system, worth $25M in the first year, in four months. While at Johnson Controls, Varick also served as Director, New Product Opportunity Assessment; Director, New Product Strategy; and Director of Marketing and Product Strategy, Specialty Products Group. Earlier in his career, Varick worked as Manager, Automotive Innovation Strategy Consulting for Integral, Inc.; and as Manager, International New Business Development at General Motors International Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Varick a 24-year member of SAE International, was President of the student branch of the University of Wisconsin while obtaining his BSME. There he initiated and formed Wisconsin’s first entry in the SAE Mini-Baja, in which Wisonconsin won second place overall in the first year of competition. Varick recieved an SAE International WISE Intern, to study engineering and public policy in Washington DC. Varick served on the SAE Public Affairs Committee after college, including two years as Chair. He also served on the Engineering Society of Detroit Public Affairs committee. Varick earned an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
President Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Todd Zarfos is Vice President–Engineering Functions & Washington State Design Center and Senior Chief Engineer for Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He is responsible for engineering functional organizations at the Washington State design centers for all commercial airplanes, as well as the continuous improvement and utilization of the technical workforce for supply chain management for technical services. In his role as Senior Chief of Airplane Systems, Zarfos is responsible for driving technical excellence within the airplane systems community, while ensuring the technical integrity and success of Commercial Airplanes’ development and production programs. Zarfos joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes as an Avionics Systems Engineer for the 707/373/727 programs. He has earned several promotions over the years, including Vice President of Engineering for Commercial Aviation Services, Vice President of Engineering for the 747-8 Program, and Senior Chief Engineer for Systems. Zarfos is a member of SAE International and is a board member of the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics Policy Board and the Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee to the Department of Commerce. His honors include being named a Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow (2008) and an American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Associate Fellow (2012). Zarfos earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.