January/April 2001

Industry Insiders
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Carlite Gains New SBU Director and New Instructor
Roy Drake Carlite by Visteon of Livonia, Mich., has appointed Roy Drake director for its small business unit. Drake has 21 years experience with both Ford and Visteon Glass and most recently ran the company’s plant in Dearborn, Mich. In addition, he has held positions in a number of areas, including sales, marketing and business development, business planning and engineering planning. Along with his duties as SBU director for Carlite, Drake will continue to hold his position of business unit director for the commercial glass segment at Visteon.

Helmut Klassen In other news at the company, Carlite has a new instructor at its Auto Glass Technicians’ School, Helmut Klassen. As manager of quality and technical services for the company, Klassen will take over the school’s classes for the new year. Previously, he served as the trim area manager at Wayne Stamping and Assembly, and has held various positions with Ford and Visteon for the past 16 years.

“I look forward to building on what’s already here,” Klassen said. “I will be reviewing the curriculum and making suggestions and improvement, but Al Girard, Len Stolk, Ron Hymore and Bob Pierce have built an excellent foundation. I have big shoes to fill.”

Equalizer Promotes Voytek
Equalizer Inc. of Round Rock, Texas, has named Diana Voytek director of sales and marketing for its North American division. Voytek began her career with Equalizer in 1995 and has served the company for the past three years as director of customer service. She will have a variety of sales and marketing responsibilities, including administrative representation, public relations and advertising coordination, enhanced customer relationship development and a new distributor network support program.

Visteon Gains New VP and Global Director 
The Visteon Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., has appointed Ruth E. Bruch to the position of vice president and chief information officer for the company. 

“Ruth is a great asset to Visteon,” said president and chief operating officer Michael Johnston. “She will be reporting directly to me and charged with restructuring the Enterprise Resource Program.”

The company also recently named Gordon V. Cole global director of public affairs. His duties will include enhancing the reputation of the company and supervising major press events and major activities, according to a press release issued by the company. 


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