30 Apr IAC Appoints Yi “Jeff” Chen Vice President of China Operations
SHANGHAI (April 30, 2019) – International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, a global automotive and mobility leader in lightweight and new-material interior solutions, has appointed Yi “Jeff” Chen as vice president of the organization’s China operations. Based at the company’s Shanghai regional headquarters, Chen will be responsible for leading the region’s operations, launch activities and growth strategy in an effort to expand IAC’s customer base and product portfolio in the Chinese market. Chen replaces Dan Linder, who left the company last year.
“Jeff’s wealth of operational leadership and commercial knowledge will be instrumental in expanding our presence in the region,” said IAC President Nat Rea. “He is a true asset to IAC and we look forward to the impact he will have on our operations, strategy and growth in this important and dynamic market.”
Chen brings two decades of automotive industry experience to the position, more than half of which has been within the ranks of IAC. Most recently, he was operations director for IAC China since 2016 after serving as plant manager at the company’s Changshu plant, which he launched from a greenfield site. Under Chen’s leadership, he achieved top quality and production targets that positioned to company to win the Chery-JLR supplier of Year award in 2016. Prior to that, he held a dual role as IAC Chongqing plant manager and program manager for the GM account from 2013, where he improved launch and production processes and efficiencies to win customer satisfaction status in just four months. Chen spent two years outside of IAC as quality director for Magna Exterior & Interior in China. Before that, he was operations manager at Shanghai IAC Automotive Components Co. Ltd. (SIAC) plant from 2007 to 2011. He began his career with General Motors China as senior quality engineer before serving Shanghai Lear as a program manager.
Chen holds a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology.
Headquartered in Luxembourg, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group 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 2018 estimated sales were $4.1 billion. IAC Group operates more than 50 manufacturing facilities in 16 countries. The company has more than 60 total locations in 19 countries, including 18 design, technical and commercial centers, and employs 20,000 people globally. For more information, visit www.iacgroup.com.
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