Lear Corp., a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, has hired Alicia Davis as vice president of investor relations, effective Aug. 1. Davis will report to Ray Scott, Lear’s president and CEO, and will lead the ongoing development and implementation of Lear’s investor relations strategy.
Davis joins Lear from the University of Michigan Law School, where she is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives. Her teaching and research focus is on corporate governance, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Davis’ professional experience also includes time as a corporate lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis and as an investment banker, first, at Goldman Sachs and, later, at Raymond James, where she served as a vice president. Davis has an undergraduate degree in business administration from Florida A&M University, a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, and a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
“Alicia is the perfect candidate to lead Lear’s Investor Relations function and our communications with Wall Street going forward,” said Ray Scott. “Alicia has a very distinguished academic background and significant capital markets and legal expertise. I am delighted to welcome someone with Alicia’s experience and outstanding credentials to Lear.”
Davis succeeds Mel Stephens, who has elected to retire, effective Jan. 31, 2019. During the coming months, Stephens will assist with the transition of the investor relations role and his other responsibilities.
“As we welcome Alicia to Lear, I want to thank Mel for his distinguished service to Lear in many senior leadership roles over his 17-year career. He has contributed importantly to the development of Lear’s strategy, strengthening the Lear brand and delivering superior shareholder value,” added Scott.