NOVI — Cooper Standard Holdings Inc., a global supplier of automotive sealing, fluid, and anti-vibration systems, today announced the appointment of Fernando de Miguel to president of the company’s European operations. Based in Mannheim, Germany, he is responsible for continuing Cooper Standard’s footprint adjustment and targeted expansions in Europe. Previously, Cooper Standard’s chief operating officer, Keith Stephenson, held the position.
Most recently serving as western European CEO of Avincis Emergency Services, de Miguel has more than 20 years of experience leading international companies in the automotive, transportation, and paper industries. He has special expertise in operational and strategic management, process optimization, productivity improvement, and supply chain management.
“As we work to further expand our presence in key European markets, Fernando’s global experience and automotive industry background will strengthen Cooper Standard’s prominence in the region,” Jeffrey Edwards, Cooper Standard’s CEO, said. “Fernando’s addition to the corporate leadership team is another significant step in our initiative to advance the diversification of our business worldwide.”
Prior to Avincis Emergency Services, de Miguel served as consulting president for Europe for Argo Consulting, president of the Protective Packaging division of Pregis in Belgium and senior vice president of Northern Europe for Alstom Transport in Paris. Earlier, he held management positions of increasing responsibility for 13 years with Johnson Controls Inc. in France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain, rising to group vice president and general manager, electronics, Europe, and international. Prior to that, he held operational positions in the automotive supply and transportation industry.
Fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and English, de Miguel earned an electrical engineering degree and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Barcelona, as well as an executive master’s degree in business administration from the IESE Business School – University of Navarra in Spain.