Richard Christman is a seasoned corporate leader. He is intensely focused on delivering value-added solutions to customers worldwide by leveraging technology, innovation, and capitalizing on market opportunities. After completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana, he began his career as a design engineer for the Ford Motor Company. After obtaining his MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Michigan he joined Case Corporation in the Strategic Planning Group.
Over his 30 year career with Case and CNH Industrial, 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 CEO of GSI in 2005. After the sale of GSI, he became an Executive Partner at Giant Partners that 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.
Mathew Vachaparampil grew up in an entrepreneurial family in India. He completed his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Madras and did his Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
After completing his MS in 1993, he commenced his career with Case New Holland (CNH), part of the FIAT Group as part of the Management Leadership program. During his long tenure in the farm equipment industry, Mathew has worked in manufacturing, engineering, business development, marketing, parts & service, and business process outsourcing.
He has traveled extensively across the globe as part of his sales career and speaks six different languages. In recognition of his results and leadership potential, Mathew was sponsored to pursue an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. After several great years with CNHi, Mathew joined Caresoft Global as the CEO.
Mathew’s global experience, credibility, and ability to build and nurture relationships at all levels has helped Caresoft achieve significant milestones and emerge as a preferred automotive benchmarking, manufacturing cost reduction and IT services supplier for several global OEMs and suppliers.
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.
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 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.
At Caresoft, Terry plays a strategic role in growing customer relationships, building next-gen solutions, and mentors the global leadership team.
Richard comes with extensive experience of over 20 years in varied industries. He was instrumental in setting up of off-shore development/design centers for many OEM’s globally through the various organizations that he was associated with.
Richard started working with Caresoft since its inception and plays an integral role in the growth of Caresoft across competencies and geographies worldwide with both new and existing strategic customers.
Currently, Richard heads global technology, innovation, and strategy. He drives the global product strategy. He brings in a wealth of experience in the outsourcing of the automotive, agricultural and construction equipment, heavy engineering, and information technology sectors.
Richard maintains key customer relationships for Caresoft and helps drive strategy for Customers by devising solutions that bring in efficiency and cost-saving by using the products and services offered by Caresoft.
Arjun graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Mysore, Karnataka, India, and started his career in 1992. He has worked in the automotive and manufacturing sectors at Visteon Automotive Systems and Delphi Automotive Systems for over 13 years.
His role in manufacturing was focused on areas such as manufacturing costing, manufacturing planning, process design, manufacturing documentation, interfacing with suppliers, development of machinery & tooling, and setting up of new product lines with exposure to lean manufacturing and quality engineering.
Using his deep-rooted experience in core manufacturing, Arjun moved into manufacturing engineering services and later handled processes around procurement and other domains for the past several years. While expanding his domain knowledge and engineering skills, Arjun also gained a good understanding of business finance and its drivers in the service industry. This helped him move rapidly into a leadership role as Vice President in a leading IT Services company where he was responsible for the service delivery and focused on providing solutions in the engineering domain, Procure to Pay (P2P) BPO functions.
He also had a brief stint at Cognizant Technology Solutions before joining Caresoft Global.
Currently, Arjun is the Vice President of Global Operations at Caresoft. He drives operations strategy for Caresoft and provides leadership in establishing and sustaining delivery excellence for global customers. Also, Arjun drives several strategic initiatives that strengthen Caresoft’s internal controls and business processes which have an impact on both customers and the enterprise.
Kalyan is a mechanical engineer with over 18 years of experience in diverse segments such as Business & Quality Consulting, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing, Engineering Services – Design, Manufacturing, Quality, and After-sales, BPO processes (Voice/Non-voice).
He is a Master Black Belt (Lean Six Sigma) with hands-on experience in implementing these methodologies in various businesses, from Automotive OEMs, Tier-1s to Process industries, and Services. He is also well versed in quality management system standards. He has done his MBA from INSEAD.
Kalyan joined us during our first big leap in 2010 and has been instrumental in managing all operations in Europe, establishing key partnerships and driving sales ever since. Under his leadership, Caresoft grew immensely both organically and in-organically while expanding our reach into different domains and markets within Europe.
He understands Caresoft services very well (across all domains) and with his wealth of experience in the Engineering Services business, supported by Lean Six Sigma Consulting experience and solution mindset, he can articulate the customer requirements in a better way and propose customized yet a well-integrated solution satisfying the business objectives.
He has lead major global projects executed for one of our key customers and is a trusted resource for managing complex global deployments.
In his current role, he is now helping Caresoft to diversify the portfolio further in the EU expanding from the existing customer base and is managing all our EU operations including key customer relationships.
Arul is a Mechanical Engineer with over 28 years of experience in the areas of operations, corporate finance, business development, manufacturing, and quality engineering. He is an all-rounder, a professional who has seen several ups and downs in businesses. He has travelled to several countries to accomplish business and statutory requirements. He has an in-depth knowledge of global compliance norms relative to taxes, EXIM and rebates.
He has spent more than 15 years working for a major global Tier -1 auto component supplier and has been part of Caresoft since its inception.
Sumit comes with over 20 years of experience across large-scale operations planning, quality management including Six Sigma, HR, IT, and IT security standards and he uses these core skills to drive corporate strategy relative to sales and sales enablement. He also works closely with Cadonix Ltd, the company that made the world’s first cloud-based ECAD application – Arcadia.
He was instrumental in setting up core functions for HR, IT, Global mobility for Caresoft Global and currently drives strategy for UK operations and M&A.
Anita Burke started her career with General Motors and for 28 years held various positions in product design, aftersales engineering, vehicle performance, and most recently as the Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Mid-Size Trucks and Commercial Vans. She is a dynamic leader with a record of success in vehicle vision/ strategy, developing and launching products for global markets. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
She joined Caresoft Global as a subject matter expert and plays a key role in driving global cost reduction programs.
Avi Reichental is one of the world’s leading authorities on digital manufacturing and exponential tech convergence. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of XponentialWorks, an advisory, venture investment, and product development company. As the former president, CEO, and director of 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), Reichental led the company for over a decade. He now holds numerous industry leadership roles including vice-chairman of Techniplasand chairman of Nano Dimension (NASDAQ: NNDM), chairman and co-founder of additive tech companies Nexa3D, NXT FactoryandParaMattersand ag-tech pioneer Centaur. Reichental served on the board of directors of Harman International ((NYSE: HAR) until its sale to Samsung.
In 2013, he was listed by Fortune Magazine as a top 50 business leader and in 2014 he was named by Popular Mechanics as one of the top 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream. His acclaimed TED talk about the future of 3D printing has garnered more than 2.6 million views. Reichental contributes his knowledge and insights as a contributor to Fortune, Forbes, and TechCrunch. He is a core faculty member at Singularity University, a member of the XPRIZE board, and a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Reichental contributes his knowledge and insights as a contributor to Fortune, Forbes, and TechCrunch. He is a core faculty member at Singularity University, a member of the XPRIZE board, and a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.
Bernhard Maier is the founder and CEO and Founder and CEO of Maier Ventures GmbH, An Investment and Consulting Company. Before founding his company, he was part of Volkswagen’s top management team. Between 2015-2020, Mair was the CEO of Škoda Automotive, where he led the ‘Strategy 2025+’ initiative, focusing on new markets, SUVs, and BEVs. Maier transformed the organization, established synergies, and optimized the supply chain.
Under Maier’s leadership, Škoda recorded revenue and profit growth of 60% and 100%, respectively.Prior to Škoda , Maier was a board member of Porche AG and the CEO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH. He has served in leadership and management positions at BMW Group, Wallhäuser Anlagen Gesellschaft, and Nixdorf Computer AG.
Mair has a Master’s Degree in Automobile Mechanics, a degree in business administration, and completed Advanced Management Program from Harvard University.
Burt Jordan is the President and member of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Coastal Acquisition Corporation, a newly organized $300 Million SPAC focused on mobility.
Jordan previously served as Vice President of Global Purchasing Operations and Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford. During his 20 years at Ford, he was responsible for over $80n in direct and indirect annual spend. Jordan led various M&As, JVs that added value to Ford’s global supply chain.
Jordan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Alma College, and he has completed his executive education in Strategic Marketing from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business.
In 2020, Jordan was named the CPO of the Year by National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc ®, and he was also nominated to the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Byron Green has spent nearly 20 years in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Part of today’s Stellantis) as VP of Powertrain, where he managed the supply of over 1.7 million engines to support Chrysler Group vehicle production and VP of Manufacturing where he was responsible for all aspects of vehicle production across all manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada. He later became the Head of Manufacturing Engineering and the Head of Vehicle Assembly, addressing all aspects of vehicle production and manufacturing engineering functions.
Mr. Green was the VP of Manufacturing at Whirlpool Corporation, where he led the production and manufacturing of all appliances across 14+ plants in North America. Currently, Mr. Green is the VP of Global Operations at L3 Harris Technologies, a leading US-based defense contractor and information technology services provider.
Mr. Green has an Electrical Engineering degree from Kettering University with an MS in Engineering Management (Control Systems) from the University of Detroit Mercy
Jean-Christophe Kugler is a Board member at Ascendance Flight Technologies.
In the 35 years Kugler spent at the Renault group, he was instrumental in the group’s transition to the new energy vehicles segment. He was the Region Chairman at Renault for Europe, Eurasia, and Euromed-African regions between 2011-2019. He had led several programs for Light Commercial vans, A & B segment, and Small vans for Renault as Program Director and Senior Vice President.
Kugler has a Master’s degree in Engineering Robotics and Mechanics from Ecole centrale de Nantes, France, and he has completed executive programs from Carnegie Mellon University and INSEAD, France.
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 a 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 the 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.
Juergen Geissinger is an entrepreneur, M&A and strategy consultant, and investor. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Senvion S.A., a Hamburg-based wind turbine manufacturer.
From 1998 to 2013, Geissinger played critical roles in Schaeffler Group, including as a President and Chief Executive of Schaeffler Group. He was instrumental in making Schaeffler the leading technology company in the world.
He is on the Advisory Board of Advisory Board Member of Wealth Minerals and served on the Boards of MTU Aero Engines, Continental AG, and SANDVIK AB. Geissinger has a Doctorate in engineering from the Fraunhofer Institute.
Mr. Matthias Wissmann serves as a Partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Mr. Wissmann has served 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 the 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
Michael Calabrese is President of Control System Integrators (CSI), a leading industrial automation firm and co-founder of The Calo Group, an investment firm focused on industrial technology companies. CSI designs and integrates machine vision, control systems, product traceability and custom industrial IT software solutions for clients across industries, including the automotive and material handling sectors. Mr. Calabrese previously was an investment banker at Barclays, advising executives, private entities and private equity firms on capital market, macroeconomic and corporate strategies in the global industrial space. He structured and executed over $42 billion of announced mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions during his time at Barclays.
Mr. Calabrese began his career at General Motors in corporate finance. He received his BA from the University of Michigan and MBA from Harvard Business School, with Distinction.
Prof. Joong Hee KIM is a highly accomplished leader in the global automotive industry. His four-decade-long career spans across the entire vehicle engineering and technology value chain.
Prof. Kim started his career as manager of vehicle NVH and advance electronics at the Technical Center of Hyundai Motor Company and continued to work for 15 years. He later moved to Samsung Motors as a director of the Test and Development team progressing to become the R&D chief of Renault Samsung Motors. Prof. KIM served as a consulting director for the Automotive Battery Division at Samsung SDI and a professor at the Graduate School of Automotive Engineering, Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea.
Prof. Kim has been associated with various technical institutions and chapters. He has been the VP of several Korean engineering societies such as KSAE(Korea Society of Automotive Engineers) and KSNVE(Korea Society of Noise & Vibration Engineers). He was also the organizing committee member of KSAE Mini-Baja and a member of SAE. Currently, he is working as a Vice President of KAAE (Korea Academy for Automotive Engineering).
At Caresoft Global, Prof. KIM is a technical advisor providing valuable inputs in designing strategic solutions for the company relative to customer and market demands. Prof. KIM also helps Caresoft maintain and grow customer relationships in Korea.
Scott Kunselman is a Board Director at Promethient Inc. / Thermavance.
Kunselman is a recognized leader with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry and higher education. His 30-year career at FCA included being the Chief Engineer for Ram trucks. He and his team created and launched an innovative full-size truck lineup that set new standards for comfort, convenience, and innovation and continues to win industry awards and recognition. His FCA career culminated with Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Quality.
He served Oakland University for eight years – first as a Trustee and then for five years as Chief Operating Officer. He is also a former Board member of the Michigan Science Center. He is an SAE member.
Kunselman holds a Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Tony Brown is a highly respected and well-known expert in the global automotive industry. Since joining Ford in 1999, Mr. Brown served in various leadership roles across global purchasing. In 2008, he became Ford’s Group Vice President, Global Purchasing, with the responsibility of about $90 Bn of production and non-production procurement for Ford worldwide.
From 1997 to 1999 Mr. Brown served in leadership positions at United Technologies Corporation, including as its Vice President, Supply Management. From 1991 to 1997 he served as Executive Director, Purchasing, and Transportation at QMS Inc.
In 2008, Rainbow/PUSH honored Mr. Brown with the “Keep Hope Alive” Award. In 2006 he received the National Action Network’s “Keeper of the Dream” Award.
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