In his new role, Kuczera will leverage GKN’s full line of technologies to provide sustainable product differentiation, innovation and cost competitiveness. LaChance will work closely with customers in the technological development phase, ensuring that product delivery meets and exceeds customer expectations. Kuczera previously was vice president of engineering for GKN Driveline Americas, while LaChance was global chief engineer for GKN’s General Motors business.
“Engineering is at the core of our ability to put ideas in motion across the global auto industry,” said Robert Willig, president, GKN Driveline Americas. “The elevation of Ray Kuczera and Steven LaChance provides our engineering teams with leadership and expertise that will help GKN continue to deliver leading edge product innovation for our customers.”
Kuczera has been with the company since 1990 and has held a variety of engineering leadership positions, including test, engineering systems and customer facing positions with Toyota, Nissan and BMW. LaChance joined the company in 1998 and has held a variety of engineering positions within GKN and its former DriveTek organization.
Kuczera has a master’s of science in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Oakland University. LaChance is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He also has a master’s of business administration from Walsh College.