SAGINAW — Laurent Bresson, president of Nexteer Automotive announced today that Joe Perkins has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer at Nexteer Automotive, a tier one automotive supplier committed exclusively to wheel-to-wheel advanced steering and driveline systems. In addition, Bresson announced the appointment of Frank Lubischer as vice president of global engineering and chief operating officer of European operations. Both individuals will serve as members of the Nexteer Strategy Council and appointments were effective as of Dec. 1.
“As Nexteer’s customer base and global footprint continues to expand, having strong financial leadership and the ability to manage and develop our global engineering workforce are crucial to the company’s continued success and growth,” said Bresson. “Joe and Frank are strategic additions to our executive team as their extensive experience andunderstanding of the industry will strengthen Nexteer’s market position.”
Perkins, 44, has 22 years of experience in financial performance and analysis, technical accounting and reporting as well as operational finance. Prior to joining Nexteer in 2005, Perkins worked for Delphi Corp. and General Motors, where he served in various financial leadership roles. Most recently, Perkins has acted as Nexteer’s vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Michigan State University and a master’s degree in business from Wayne State University.
Lubischer, 50, has 25 years of experience in technology development, international project and customer management, global engineering and profit and loss management. Prior to joining Nexteer, Lubischer worked at TRW Automotive, where he was vice president of global steering engineering. At TRW, Lubischer had global responsibility for technology roadmap planning, product development, product application and launch, product costmanagement as well as technical business acquisition. In addition, Lubischer holds numerous patents in vehicle controls and electromechanical brake systems. He earned an engineering degree in vehicle technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Bingen, Germany. In addition, Lubischer attended the University of Sankt Gallen in Switzerland, where he completed the executivebusiness administration program.