Dennis Hoeg, vice president and North America chief operating officer for Nexteer Automotive has been elected to the board of directors for Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM).
Hoeg joins more than 80 BLM members representing the largest businesses and universities in Michigan. Together, they drive 30 percent of the state’s economy, from construction and utilities to manufacturing and finance. BLM’s work is concentrated on developing strategy, raising awareness, advocating policy and championing initiatives that grow the state’s economy.
“Business Leaders for Michigan unites business and university leadership from across Michigan and offers a unified voice on policy issues of direct importance to the business community,” said Hoeg. “BLM is a catalyst, advocate and champion of Michigan’s economy. It is an honor to represent Nexteer as a member of the board.”
Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the BLM, said, “We are honored to welcome Dennis to the board. Dennis’ thorough knowledge of manufacturing and automotive issues in Michigan and globally offers additional perspective and views supporting not only Southeast Michigan but in the Great Lakes Bay Region, where Nexteer employs more than 5,300 engineers, manufacturing and technical personnel serving the global automotive industry.”
Hoeg is a member of Nexteer’s Global Strategy Council, the company’s top strategy and policymaking body, and also is an officer of the company. Prior to his current assignment, Hoeg was vice president of global operations, Manufacturing Engineering and Capital Enterprise Systems. He also has held several executive positions in engineering, program management, manufacturing and global supply management. He began his automotive career with General Motors as a manufacturing engineer at the former Saginaw Steering Gear division.
Hoeg holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree in management from Purdue University. He is a member of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) and GLBRA STEM Committee.