Hugh W. Sloan, Chairman of the Board
Hugh W. Sloan, who joined the SMI board in 2007, was appointed chairman in 2010. He served as the deputy chairman of Woodbridge Foam Corp., a $1 billion global supplier of polyurethane foam to the automotive industry, from June 1985 until his retirement in August 2008. For more than 20 years, Sloan held various management positions with Woodbridge Foam, including president of the company's automotive group. Sloan is a member of the boards of directors of Manulife Financial Corporation and Wescast Industries Inc. and a former president, general manager and director of Budd Canada, Inc. He is also a former Staff Assistant to President Richard Nixon and a former Trustee of Princeton University.
Richard R. Current, Director
Richard R. Current joined the SMI board in 2008. Mr. Current served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Neogen Corporation from November 1999. In 2007, he was given the added title of Secretary until his retirement in fall 2011. Prior to joining Neogen, Mr. Current served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Integral Vision, Inc. from 1994 to 1999 and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Shane Group, Inc., a privately held company, from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Current was associated with the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young for 24 years and served as Managing Partner of the Lansing, Michigan office from 1986 to 1991.
Richard F. (Rick) Dauch, Director
Rick Dauch joined the SMI board in 2010 as an Independent director. In 2011 Dauch became President and CEO of Accuride Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of commercial vehicle components. He has served as the president and CEO of global mechanical fastener supplier Acument Global Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Troy, Mich., since June 2008. He held prior leadership roles during a 13-year career at American Axle & Manufacturing, as well as at United Technologies Carrier Corporation, after concluding an 11-year career in the United States Army. Dauch is a member of the boards of directors of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors and is president of the West Point Army Football Club. Dauch is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the MIT “Leaders For Manufacturing” program.
Ron Harbour, Director
Ron Harbour joined the Spartan board in April 2009. Ron is consulting firm OliverWyman's partner responsible for global automotive manufacturing. Since 1983 Mr. Harbour has had broad experience in the assessment, development and implementation of quality, cost and productivity improvements at factories worldwide.
Mr. Harbour authors "The Harbour Report", the pre-eminent annual assessment of automotive manufacturing performance around the globe. Mr. Harbour is in high demand as a speaker and commentator on the automotive industry and is regularly quoted on TV, radio and the internet.
Kenneth Kaczmarek, Director
Ken Kaczmarek brings nearly four decades of automotive and heavy-truck industry experience to the Spartan board, which he joined in 2003. Prior to Spartan, Kaczmarek was an independent consultant to the automotive industry. Kaczmarek was the president and chief operations officer of Volvo Truck Finance and spent 13 years as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance of Volvo GM Heavy Truck Corporation.
Andrew Rooke, Director
Andrew M. Rooke joined the Spartan Board in 2012 as an independent director. Mr. Rooke brings to the Board a diverse background, including experience and knowledge in finance, international business, and manufacturing. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Manitex International, Inc.—a leading North American manufacturer of engineered lifting equipment—since 2007. Prior to joining Manitex, he was Director of Industrial Holdings for Quantum Value Management, a corporate development firm based in Troy, Michigan. His professional experience includes GKN Sinter Metals, where he served as Chief Financial Officer, and with other organizations that include Quaker Oats, Ltd., and Rolls Royce, Ltd. Mr. Rooke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of York, England, and is a Chartered Accountant.
John E. Sztykiel, Chief Executive Officer and Director
John Sztykiel has nearly two decades of management experience at Spartan Motors. He began his career at SMI as director of marketing for the Company's diversified products group before being promoted to executive vice president and then to vice president of sales. He served as the Company's president and chief operating officer for 10 years, leading Spartan through one of its most dynamic periods of growth.
Lori L. Wade, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Lori Wade was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in February 2014. Ms. Wade joined Spartan Motors, Inc. in February 2008 as the Company's Executive Director of Finance and was named Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in March 2013. Prior to joining Spartan Motors, Ms. Wade spent 21 years at Eaton Corporation, a publicly traded diversified power management solutions company. While with Eaton, Ms. Wade held several management positions, including Worldwide Sarbanes-Oxley Manager and Logistics Center Controller.
Thomas T. Kivell, Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel
Thomas T. Kivell, an attorney for more than 25 years, joined the Company as Vice President and General Counsel in 2008 and was appointed Secretary in 2009. Prior to joining Spartan, he served as General Counsel to GE Aviation's Digital Systems business, and prior to its acquisition by GE, was Associate General Counsel of Smiths Aerospace, a unit of UK-based Smiths Group plc. Mr. Kivell was in private law practice and also was Counsel and Contract Manager for a joint venture company between General Dynamics Land Systems and FMC Corporation. Mr. Kivell began his career as an engineer.