Morgan Samuels Expands Automotive Practice With New Appointment
Morgan Samuels, a human capital consulting firm with a focus on retained executive search, has announced the expansion of its automotive practice with the addition of Richard M. Donnelly, who is experienced in the automotive industry. He will join the firm as an Advisor and will co-lead the practice with Martin Hewett, Senior Client Partner.
Janice DiPietro, President of Morgan Samuels, said: "We are fortunate to be able to leverage Richard’s nearly 40 years of experience at General Motors, and ten years in private equity investing in automotive suppliers. This is truly a synergistic partnership. Richard was a pioneer in championing GM’s Global LEAN Manufacturing System, and, more than a decade ago, Morgan Samuels adopted and has diligently applied LEAN/Six Sigma to the executive search process, allowing us to streamline the process, greatly improve the methods, eliminate waste and most importantly, consistently assure a high quality placement."
The firm’s automotive clients include companies such as Axalta (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings), Goodyear, Harman, Hughes Telematics, Hyundai Capital America, Oshkosh and Uni-Select.
Mr Donnelly brings with him broad global OEM and supplier experience in general management, international business, manufacturing and product development. He also serves as the Non Executive Chairman of Oshkosh Corporation, a $7.5 billion global manufacturer of specialty trucks. Previously, Mr. Donnelly spent 38 years at General Motors. As president of General Motors Europe, he had P&L responsibility for GM’s vehicle business in Europe with annual revenue of $25 billion and the number one market share for his four years. He extended GM’s auto business into Central and Eastern Europe and served on the team that negotiated GM’s first entry into China. Prior to Europe, he was the first GM group vice president and chief executive officer for GM’s $12 billion (Global) Powertrain Group. Mr Donnelly also led the team that developed GM’s Global LEAN Manufacturing System. Mr Donnelly has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and attended advanced management courses at Harvard’s Graduate School of Business.
Mr Hewett has been with Morgan Samuels for more than six years and has international manufacturing and technology executive operating experience. Previously, he was CEO of Enterprise Solutions Limited, a secure messaging software company; president of Panorama Software Corporation, a firm he divested from Computer Associates at the time they acquired Legent Corporation where he had held several executive-level assignments; vice president with Goal Systems International; president of Essential Software Corporation; and president and CEO at Porton Instruments Corporation. He was also a partner at Heidrick & Struggles.
Mr Donnelly said: "The automobile is becoming a connected mobile platform for an ever expanding list of applications for Internet and vehicle-to-vehicle services. In addition to the connected possibilities, the vehicle industry has an urgent need for technology leaders to develop and implement clean, safe and efficient cars and trucks. With its own LEAN/Six Sigma process and extensive connections in aerospace, engineering, energy, digital media, telecommunications and mobile, and Silicon Valley companies, Morgan Samuels is uniquely positioned to be a key supplier of this specialized leadership talent for the industry. I am excited about partnering with Morgan Samuels to provide the leadership the automobile industry requires to grow and prosper."
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