BOARD OF ADVISORS
Terry J. Woychowski
Terry Woychowski began his career with General Motors immediately upon graduation from Michigan Technological University (MTU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978. Terry had a very active and successful career at GM, where he served for 12 years as the Full-Size Truck Vehicle Chief Engineer, a product that won numerous prestigious industry awards. He went on to serve as the Global Vice President of Program Management, responsible for the program management Vehicle Line Executives and Vehicle Chief Engineers of all GM programs around the world, and later became the Global Vice President of Quality and Vehicle Launch.
He retired from General Motors in 2012, where he later accepted the position as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Quality at American Axle and Manufacturing. He is currently the VP of Advanced Technology Development at LINK Engineering Company in Plymouth Michigan.
Terry is the President of Level V Advising LLC, an engineering consultation and leadership development company. He also owns two TITLE Boxing health and fitness clubs located in Brighton and Royal Oak Michigan, and he is the Founder and CEO of the Woychowski Charitable Foundation.
During his career, Terry has served on many boards including SGM in China, The Engineer Society of Detroit where he served as President. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MTU. He is a lifetime trustee of the Rackham Foundation
Terry has participated in several humanitarian missions to Albania and Kosovo following the Kosovo war and to Haiti following the devastating Earthquake there. Terry’s family charitable organization sponsored two MTU Senior Design Capstone projects to develop human powered grain mills that were built and deployed in sub-Saharan regions of Africa.
Terry helped organize and execute an Advanced Propulsion training program at MTU to help retrain displaced engineers during the recession which was broadcast remotely to the Detroit area during this difficult time. Terry was the first recipient of the Michigan Tech Alumni Humanitarian Award in 2011 and he was inducted into the Academy of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 2007.
Terry attended the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program and was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Business Management Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003.
Mr. Matthias Wissmann serves as a Partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Mr. Wissmann serves as the President of the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).
He served as the President of the German Automotive Industry Federation (VDA). Mr. Wissmann is Vice President of the Association of the German Industry (BDI).
Mr. Wissmann was a Government Minister, Member of the German Parliament and Chairman of the committee for business and technology, Berlin. He was a Minister for Transport and Research in Germany. He serves as a Deputy Chairman of Seeburger AG.
He was German Federal Secretary of Transportation. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG. He has been a Member of the Supervisory Board at Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft since August 29, 2008.
He has been a Member of Advisory Board at Freitag & Co. GmbH since June 1, 2016. Mr. Wissmann served as a Member of International Advisory Board at Rolls Royce Holdings plc (alternative name Rolls Royce Group plc). He served as a Member of Advisory Board at Landesbank Baden-Württemberg until December 31, 2013. He was a Minister (retired) and Attorney at law. He studied law, economics and politics in Tübingen
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Mr. Calabrese has spent his entire professional life with General Motors and brings over 35 years of experience in the global automotive sector. He has played several global roles across engineering, product development, quality, purchasing, and strategy. Mr. Calabrese has lead engineering teams across five continents and was the member of the Supervisory Board for Opel Europe and has driven coordinated engineering and manufacturing launch strategies for global vehicle programs.
Among the several leadership roles that Mr. Calabrese played, he was on the Board Directors of two China Joint Ventures for General Motors. More recently, Mr. Calabrese was the Vice President, Global Vehicle Engineering, and President of GM, Global Technology Operations, where he led over 16,000 engineers across 5 continents with an annual budget of $4Bn.
Mr. Calabrese is a Mechanical Engineer from Illinois Institute of Technology. He has obtained his Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and he is also a Six Sigma Black belt.
Mr. Alnasery brings over 32 years of experience in the areas of sourcing, supply chain, merchandising, supplier development, integration, advanced purchasing, and logistics. Mr. Alnasery was the Vice President of Global Sourcing at Wal-Mart International. While at Wal-Mart, Mr. Alnasery designed & implemented lasting best-practice processes at regional and global levels driving performance from
suppliers, buyers, and corporate procurement groups.
His expertise in procurement and supply-chain assists companies in optimizing organization, processes and methodologies for direct, indirect, raw material and transportation purchasing on both a regional and global basis.
During his Wal-Mart career, he has held several key positions - including VP Global Sourcing & Merchandising, VP Goods Not for Re-sale, VP International Merchandising and as a Merchandising Director for Wal-Mart Asia and the Americas (Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil & Argentina).
In 2007, Mr. Alnasery became an advisor for General Motors serving the Global Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics (GPSC) group. His strategies and methods at GM drove adoption of best practices, created a more proactive and cross-trained organization and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings.
Richard Christman - Chairman
Mr. Christman is a success driven senior business executive with a proven track record of providing strategic vision and implementing strategies that have achieved revenue, profit, and market performance through optimizing people, processes, and systems.
He is intensely focused on delivering value-added solutions to key customers world-wide by leveraging technology innovation and capitalizing on market opportunities. Having completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana, he began his career as a design engineer for the Ford Motor Company. Upon obtaining his MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Michigan he joined Case Corporation in their strategic planning group.
Over his 30 year career with Case/CNH Global, he held several senior positions including Sr. VP Europe, Sr. VP Parts, Sr. VP Product Management & Business Development, President Worldwide Case IH, President NA Agricultural Business and Chief Commercial Governance and Supply Chain Officer. Mr. Christman then became Chief Executive Ofcer (CEO) of GSI in 2005. Upon the sale of GSI, he became an Executive Partner at Giant Partners which specializes in the development of Growth Strategies. In January 2008, he became the Chairman of Caresoft Global.
He has served as the Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Currently, he is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Carthage College and is also currently serving on the Strategic Planning and Small Enterprise steering committees for AEM.
Dr. Manickam Mahalingam
Dr. Manickam is the Chairman of Sakthi Group and Vice Chairman of Caresoft Global. He joined his visionary father Dr. N. Mahalingam, an industrialist and philanthropist, in the business and very soon changed his father's ambitions into reality. Dr. Manickam has been instrumental in developing and expanding the ABT Group to a $2 billion conglomerate, through several advancements and acquisitions. The ABT-Sakthi group has several manufacturing plants across India, China, Europe, and Americas.
He has successfully expanded the groups businesses into Sugars, Soya, Textiles, Auto Components, Education and Finance, with the global presence in over 12 countries.
Dr. Manickam served as the President of the South Indian Sugar Mills Association (SISMA –Tamil Nadu) during the years 1993-94, 1994-95 and 2006-07; President of the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), New Delhi during 1996-97, and President of the Sugar Technologists' of India (STAI) from 2000-2002.