MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Fuyao Glass America Inc. has parted ways with its senior management team, according to our partners at the Dayton Business Journal.
John Gauthier, who has served as president, and Dave Burrows, who was vice president of operations, have stepped down effective Monday. In their place, the company says a new management team is taking shape, including a new president. Many of the new leaders are newcomers to Dayton, where the company has 2,000 employees as its North American headquarters, according to the Dayton Business Journal.
The two are among the first leaders and local faces for the plant, with Gauthier having come over from the Mt. Zion, Illinois, float glass plant the company purchased, and Burrows having been a veteran of Dayton Development Coalition. They helped set up Fuyao Glass America, a North American subsidiary of China-based auto parts giant Fuyao Group.
Jeff Daochuan Liu, who is C Fuyao Group’s vice president of global sales and marketing, will come on board as the new president, according to the Dayton Business Journal.
“I am pleased to join the dedicated and talented management team at such a critical point in the company’s operations,” Liu said. “I am so proud to be part of Fuyao, a global company headquartered in China which has made an unprecedented investment in America. I am confident that Fuyao Glass America is well positioned for long-term success in the United States.
Liu has helped it build its sales strategy in North America and Europe. The company has credited him with helping make it a global supplier and major OEM manufacturer, and he has 20 years of experience in international business. In addition to Fuyao, he is a member of the board of directors of Chongqing Chaoli Hi-Tech Co., Ltd.
Liu’s other experience includes group vice president of Beijing Four Dimension Group, where he led supply chain management for its England business, as well as about 10 years at General Motors’ global purchasing center in Warren, Michigan where he managed procurement and supply chain management. In that role, he helped U.S. businesses set up business in North America while also helping Chinese companies build relationships with GM.
“These changes to our senior management team are an important step forward as we transition from a construction phase into a mass production phase. We believe this management reorganization optimally positions Fuyao Glass America for future revenue growth and profitability,” said Fuyao Group chairman Cho Tak Wong in an emailed statement to the Dayton Business Journal. “Going forward, our focus will be on enhancing revenue growth and meeting the demand of our North American automotive customers.”
The new leadership team for the plant also includes Jimmy Junming Wang, Vice President of Capital Investment; Jinshu Zhang, Vice President of Production; Athena Jiangxiao Hou, Vice President of Legal and Compliance; Eric Vanetti, Vice President of Human Resources; and Julian Jianhong Zhu, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
The company says Sunny Yiqun Sun will be Fuyao Group’s North American representative and help it build and manage relationships on the continent. Former University of Dayton president Dan Curran, who has been an independent board member, will be a spokesperson for the company, according to the Dayton Business Journal.
The leadership change will be a next step for the company, which recently entered full-scale production in Moraine. It’s the centerpiece of a $1 billion Fuyao Group investment in the U.S. that also means facilities in Illinois and Michigan. Between all of them, Cho has said the company could grow to 5,000 U.S. employees, including 3,000 in Moraine.