NORTHVILLE, MI — James Stegemiller, vice president of Hayes Lemmerz International and president of the company’s North American Wheel Group, has announced he will retire effective Nov. 1.
Edward Kopkowski will assume responsibility for the North American Wheel Group and continue in his role as president of Hayes Lemmerz’ Commercial Highway and Aftermarket Group and Operational Excellence.
Kopkowski joined Hayes Lemmerz in 2002 as vice president of operational excellence. Prior to Hayes Lemmerz, Kopkowski served as founder and president of Kopko Associates, Ltd., a consulting firm. Previous to that, Kopkowski was vice president of modular products and operating excellence at Pilkington PLC (formerly Libbey-Owens-Ford) in Toledo, Ohio. Additionally, he was plant manager at Bosch Braking Systems machining and assembly plant in Ashland, Ohio. Before that, Kopkowski served in a variety of management roles in operations and engineering, at AlliedSignal Braking Systems and, earlier in his career, Bendix Automotive Brake Systems, in both South Bend, Indiana and St. Joseph, Mich.
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