Editor’s Note: The initial announcement submitted by Centric contained an error. The correct spelling of Wilson’s last name is Dias.
Centric Parts, a division of APC Automotive Technologies, has announced that Wilson Dias has joined the company as vice president and general manager of its StopTech division. StopTech is Centric Parts’ high-performance and racing brand. Dias will oversee sales, design engineering, procurement, manufacturing and quality.
Greg Woo, recently promoted to president of Centric Parts, made the announcement and noted that Dias is the latest industry executive joining APC/Centric Parts as the company positions itself for further growth in its core business of brake system and chassis components.
“We are extremely excited to have Wilson Dias head up our StopTech division and congratulate him on joining our team. Wilson comes to us with a wealth of experience in business development, customer management and product portfolio strategies. His expertise in global manufacturing and supply relationships will go a long way in helping us to substantially grow and expand our business,” said Woo.
Before joining Centric, Dias served at Honeywell for more than 13 years in several senior-level capacities, including business director for turbo/thermal products, global business director for Thermal Products and product line manager for Thermal Engineering and senior program manager. Prior to Honeywell, Dias was the OEM business manager for AlliedSignal in Brazil.
Steve Ruiz, Centric Parts’ vice president of engineering and R&D, and co-founder of StopTech, also commented, “Wilson comes to us with a breadth of knowledge that he has gained over his extensive management career in the automotive and aerospace markets. His expertise in new technology development and manufacturing processes will prove invaluable as we continue to innovate new products and programs for our StopTech business.”
Dias holds bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering and automotive engineering from FEI, SBC, Brazil and a Master of Business Administration degree from Fundacão Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a Lean Green Belt and a Six Sigma Green Belt. Dias is fluent in English, Spanish and his native Portuguese.