SHANGHAI (November 17, 2017) – International Automotive Components (IAC), a global automotive and mobility leader in lightweight and new-material interior solutions, has appointed Daniel Linder as vice president of the organization’s China operations. Based at the company’s Shanghai regional headquarters, Linder is responsible for leading and overseeing the development of new business opportunities and identifying potential strategic partners, alliances, and relationships to grow the current customer base and expand IAC’s product portfolio in the Chinese market.

Daniel Linder, Vice President, China Region

“Dan brings more than a decade of Asian supplier experience to IAC, spending most of this time located in Shanghai,” said IAC Chief Operating Officer Terry Gohl. “He will help our company form the relationships and partnerships needed to continue to grow our core competencies in this important market. We’re proud to have Dan on our team and are looking forward to the impact he will make on successfully growing and continuing to expand our footprint in the Chinese market.”

Linder, 53, served as Key Safety Systems (KSS) president of Passive Safety for the Americas prior to joining IAC. During this time, he launched an engineering, operations, quality, and sales office in Jundiai, Brazil to enhance customer coordination, strengthen KSS’ local identity, and build upon centralized teamwork to manage market momentum and growth. Linder also initiated the expansion of the company’s footprint in Mexico with the launch of a steering wheel plant in Matamoros. Prior to KSS, he served in various divisional and regional leadership roles for Yangfeng and Visteon Automotive Systems, gaining extensive Asian market and Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and India original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customer account experience.

Linder began his automotive career at Ford Motor Company, where he spent 14 years serving in a variety of manufacturing, production, and product development roles, including managing director for Ford/Visteon Hungaria located in Szekesfehevar, Hungary, for two years.

He earned his bachelor of science in Manufacturing Engineering from Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Headquartered in Luxembourg, International Automotive Components (IAC) is a leading global supplier of automotive components and systems, including instrument panels, console systems, door panels, headliners and overhead systems to automakers around the world. The company’s 2016 sales were $4.9 billion. IAC Group operates more than 50 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries. The company has approximately 60 total locations in 19 countries, including 20 design, technical and commercial centers, and employs more than 24,000 people globally.

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