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  • Phillip EylerPresident and Chief Executive Officer
    Phillip EylerPresident and Chief Executive Officer

    Phillip Eyler is the President and CEO of Gentherm and also servers on its Board of Directors.

    Since 2015, Phillip has served as President of the $3 billion Connected Car division at Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung. At Harman, Phillip oversaw an organization of more than 8,000 employees dedicated to the development of highly integrated connected car systems encompassing infotainment, telematics, connected safety and cyber security solutions, among others.   

    Joining Harman in 1997, Phillip took on roles of ever-increasing responsibility.  Phillip was Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Harman's Global Automotive Audio business starting in 2011, where he led a doubling of the business to over $1 billion through organic growth, acquisition and technology expansion. He has also led Harman's North American Automotive business and the North American and Asian Manufacturing group.

    Phillip holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 

  • Erin AscherEVP-Talent Development, Chief Human Resources Officer
    Erin AscherEVP-Talent Development, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Erin brings with her an impressive amount of experience in recruiting and developing talent. For the past two years, she worked as Chief Human Resources Officer at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to that, from 2010-2012, she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Omnicare Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides pharmaceutical services to patients and providers across the U.S. Prior to Omnicare, from 1998-2007, Erin worked in a variety of human resources positions for Ecolab, a publicly-owned developer and provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. For the final two years at Ecolab, she was Vice President Human Resources, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

  • Jörg EversEVP-Operations
    Jörg EversEVP-Operations

    2011 – 2014 General Manager Operations Europe
    2005 – 2011 General Manager W.E.T. Ukraine
    2000 – 2004 Director of Controlling W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    1996 – 1999 Head of controlling department Bernbacher GmbH
    1994 – 1995 Head ofAdministration IDG World Expo GmbH
    1992- 1993 Commercial Director at media design GmbH
    1989-1991 Trainee-Program at the Peter Eckes AG
    1989 Business Administration degree from the Georg-August University Göttingen

  • Ryan GaulEVP-Business Development
    Ryan GaulEVP-Business Development

    Ryan Gaul has spent his entire professional career with Gentherm, serving in diverse roles in Gentherm’s locations in North America, Europe and Asia. He started his career in IT, and moved into roles of increasing responsibility within the IT organization, finally serving as CIO from 2005-2009. In 2009, he took over as Managing Director of Operations for Gentherm’s Asia business. He has been Vice President of Business Development since 2014.
     

  • Paul GibersonVP-Global Sales
    Paul GibersonVP-Global Sales

    Paul Giberson has more than 15 years of sales leadership experience. Mr. Giberson received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Economics from the University of Windsor and is an alumnus of the Ivey Leadership Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Mr. Giberson joined the Gentherm team in January, 2006 and has moved into roles of increasing responsibility during his tenure at Gentherm and currently serves as Vice President of Global Sales.

  • Frithjof OldorffPresident-Automotive Business Unit
    Frithjof OldorffPresident-Automotive Business Unit

    Frithjof Oldorff was appointed President of our Automotive Business Unit in July 2013. He is also responsible for our supply chain organization. From 2008 to 2013 Mr. Oldorff served as the Chief Operating Officer of W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG. He previously worked as Director of Operations for Freudenberg from 2005 to 2007 and held various senior management positions at Faurecia from 1995 to 2005.

  • Kenneth PhillipsEVP & General Counsel
    Kenneth PhillipsEVP & General Counsel

    Ken Phillips joined Gentherm in 2012 as Vice-President and General Counsel. From 1999 until joining Gentherm, Phillips was a Partner in the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, a leading business law firm with five offices in Michigan and an international practice. From 1995 to 1999, he was an accountant at Plante & Moran, LLP, in its Detroit office. He graduated with a J.D. from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance from Oakland University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He was also recognized in Crain's Detroit Business 40 under 40 list in 2013.

    248-468-4121
    kphillips@gentherm.com

  • Darren A. Schumacher, Ph.D.President-Gentherm Technologies
    Darren A. Schumacher, Ph.D.President-Gentherm Technologies

    Darren Schumacher has worked in product development and engineering for Bosch. His most recent position was Business Segment Vice President of Engineering. Schumacher joined SPX Corporation in 2009 and held the position of VP, Product Development until it was acquired by Bosch in 2012. Prior to SPX, he worked at Eaton Corporation from 2001 to 2009 where Darren had a series of promotional roles including Director of Product Engineering, Manager Division Engineering and Manager Engineering and Program Management. Before joining Eaton he worked at Motorola, Inc. from 1994 to 2000.
    Darren graduated with a Ph.D., MSE and BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He also has an MBA from Regis University in Colorodo.

  • Barry SteeleEVP-Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
    Barry SteeleEVP-Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

    Barry Steele has more than 15 years of automotive industry and public accounting experience. Since 1997, Mr. Steele has served in a number of senior financial management positions, including Chief Financial Officer for Sterling Heights, Michigan-based Advanced Accessory Systems, LLC, a global supplier of specialty OEM and aftermarket accessories to the automotive sector. Prior to his work with Advanced Accessory Systems, he was with Price Waterhouse LLP. Steele graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

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  • Phillip EylerPresident and Chief Executive Officer
    Phillip EylerPresident and Chief Executive Officer

    Phillip Eyler is the President and CEO of Gentherm and also servers on its Board of Directors. 

    Since 2015, Phillip has served as President of the $3 billion Connected Car division at Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung. At Harman, Phillip oversaw an organization of more than 8,000 employees dedicated to the development of highly integrated connected car systems encompassing infotainment, telematics, connected safety and cyber security solutions, among others.   

    Joining Harman in 1997, Phillip took on roles of ever-increasing responsibility.  Phillip was Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Harman's Global Automotive Audio business starting in 2011, where he led a doubling of the business to over $1 billion through organic growth, acquisition and technology expansion. He has also led Harman's North American Automotive business and the North American and Asian Manufacturing group.

    Phillip holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  

  • Daniel R. CokerFormer President and Chief Executive Officer, Gentherm
    Daniel R. CokerFormer President and Chief Executive Officer, Gentherm

    Daniel R. Coker has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since 2003, and as a director since 2007. Mr. Coker joined Gentherm in 1996 as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to such time, from 1986 to 1995, Mr. Coker served as Vice-President and General Manager of North American Operations for Arvin, Inc.  Mr. Coker received his Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University.

  • Lewis BoothFormer Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ford Motor Company
    Lewis BoothFormer Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ford Motor Company

    Lewis Booth has served as a director of the Company since 2013. Mr. Booth served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Ford Motor Company from 2008 until his retirement in 2012.  Prior to his appointment to CFO, Mr. Booth held the positions of Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe as well as President of Ford’s Asia Pacific and Africa Operations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rolls-Royce Holdings, where he is the Senior Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and a member of the Science and Technology Committee, and Mondelez International, where he is a member of the Finance Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Mr. Booth also serves as a director of the University of Liverpool in America Inc. Mr. Booth, a qualified chartered management accountant, received his Bachelor’s engineering degree from Liverpool University.

  • Francois J. CastaingChairman of the Board, Gentherm
    Francois J. CastaingChairman of the Board, Gentherm

    Francois J. Castaing has served as a director of the Company since 2001. Mr. Castaing retired in 2000 as technical advisor to the Chairman of Chrysler Corporation. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Castaing spent 13 years with Chrysler Corporation, where he held various positions, including Vice-President of Vehicle Engineering from 1988 to 1996 and President of Chrysler International from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Castaing was Vice-President of Engineering and Group Vice-President Product and Quality of American Motors, from 1980 until Chrysler acquired that company in 1987. Mr. Castaing began his career with Renault as Technical Director for Renault Motorsport Programs. He currently serves as a director of publicly-traded TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., where he is a member of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Compensation Committee.  Mr. Castaing also serves on the board of FIRST in Michigan: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a not-for-profit foundation.

  • Sophie DesormièreGroup Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Rhodia
    Sophie DesormièreGroup Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Rhodia

    Sophie Desormière has served as a director of the Company since 2012. Ms. Desormiére has served as General Manager Marketing and Sales, Senior Executive Vice-President at Solvay, a Belgium-based company and a developer of specialty chemicals, since November 2010.  Previously, Ms. Desormière spent 17 years in increasingly responsible positions at Valeo, an independent industrial group focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automotive industry, including Research & Development Product Line Director, Branch Marketing Innovation Director, Group Product Marketing Director and Comfort Enhancement Domain Director. Ms. Desormière is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, the Institut de Formation du Caoutchouc and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

  • Maurice E.P. GundersonManaging Member, Shingebiss, LLC
    Maurice E.P. GundersonManaging Member, Shingebiss, LLC

    Maurice E.P. Gunderson has served as a director of the Company since 2007. Mr. Gunderson has served as Managing Member of the consulting firm Shingebiss, LLC since 1999. Previously, Mr. Gunderson spent 15 years as the co-founder and Managing Director of Nth Power, a venture capital firm specializing in investments emerging from the global restructuring of the energy industry, and four years at CMEA Capital, a San Francisco based venture capital firm. Mr. Gunderson also serves as an advisor to Auto Tech Ventures, as well as a director of Contour Energy, Inc., Runway Capital Management and Radiant Capital Management, all privately-held companies. Mr. Gunderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

  • Yvonne HaoOperating Partner of Bain Capital Private Equity
    Yvonne HaoOperating Partner of Bain Capital Private Equity

    Ms. Hao joined Bain Capital Private Equity in 2008 and works closely with portfolio companies' management teams on strategic, financial and operational initiatives. She currently has active leadership roles at several portfolio companies, including publicly-traded Bombardier Recreational Products, where she is a member of the Board of Directors. During her tenure at Bain Capital Private Equity, Ms. Hao served as interim CEO or COO at several portfolio companies, including Gymboree and D&M Holdings. Ms. Hao has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and a Masters of Philosophy in Development Economics from Cambridge University.

  • Ron HundzinskiVice President and Chief Financial Officer of BorgWarner Inc.
    Ron HundzinskiVice President and Chief Financial Officer of BorgWarner Inc.

    Mr. Hundzinski has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BorgWarner Inc. since March 2012. He is responsible for investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, and all treasury, tax, internal audit and financial reporting. He is also a member of the corporate strategy board. Mr. Hundzinski served as Vice President and Controller from April 2010 to August 2011 as well as Vice President and Treasurer from August 2011 to March 2012 and, for several years prior to that, in other senior financial positions within BorgWarner Inc. and its subsidiaries. Mr. Hundzinski has a bachelor's degree in finance from Western Michigan University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

  • Byron T. Shaw IIOwner, Byron Shaw LLC
    Byron T. Shaw IIOwner, Byron Shaw LLC

    Byron T. Shaw II has served as a director of the Company since 2013. Dr. Shaw has been the President of Byron Shaw LLC, a consulting firm providing diligence, strategy and execution advisory services focusing on automotive technology and related services, since 2012. From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Shaw worked at General Motors in various positions, most recently as Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Office for General Motors and General Motors Ventures LLC. From 1998 to 2003, he worked at BMW in various positions, including Principal Technology Engineer and Manager of Advanced Technology. Dr. Shaw currently serves on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of several privately-held companies, including Smalltech LLC, Project Renovo, Qualia Networks, Auto Tech Ventures, Up Shift Cars and Rotary Wing Engine. Dr. Shaw received Bachelor of Science degrees and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering/controls from University of California, Berkeley.