ADAC Automotive Welcomes New Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Kristee Mahler

Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 17, 2018 – ADAC Automotive is proud to welcome its new Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Kristee Mahler, who joined ADAC on Monday, Sept 24.

In her new role with the company, Mahler will lead and manage all human resources functions, including compensation and benefits, organizational development, employee health and safety as well as corporate communications. Mahler will be responsible for the company-wide performance management and hiring practices.

Mahler will direct all the people functions of the organization in accordance with ADAC Automotive’s policies, ethical practices and social values. She will be responsible for the attraction, selection, development, retention and motivation of ADAC’s workforce.
Mahler is a member of the senior executive team and will report directly to ADAC Automotive President and CEO Jim Teets.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kristee to ADAC Automotive,” Teets said. “She brings a wealth of experience, a passion for people and an understanding of family held business dynamics such as ADAC’s.

“As we look to the future of our business, we need leaders who embrace change, encourage innovation and inspire learning and growth and Kristee brings those attributes to ADAC.”

Mahler has significant experience with global manufacturing companies with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. She is experienced in automotive manufacturing, having held leadership positions with Brose North America, Valeo and General Motors. She most recently served as principal consultant at Human Horsepower LLC in southeast Michigan.

Mahler holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.

About ADAC Automotive
ADAC Automotive is a privately-held, family-owned, tier-one automotive supplier that manufactures exterior and interior door handles with integrated electronics, exterior trim and exterior mirrors for the global automotive market. ADAC was founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1975. ADAC employs 1,200 associates in nine facilities throughout Michigan. Its five manufacturing locations have a footprint of over 600,000 square feet. ADAC’s partnership with WITTE Automotive GmbH of Germany and STRATTEC Security Corporation of Wisconsin in Vehicle Access Systems Technology, or VAST Automotive Group, provides a footprint in Europe, Asia, India, and Brazil. ADAC has two facilities in Mexico through a joint venture named ADAC STRATTEC de Mexico, or ASdM. Collectively, VAST and ASdM have 12,000 employees globally and generate $1.6 billion in sales.

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About VAST
In 2006, ADAC Automotive partnered with WITTE Automotive of Velbert, Germany and STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to form Vehicle Access Systems Technology, or VAST. Through this innovative global partnership, ADAC and the VAST alliance members provide access systems product solutions to global automotive customers utilizing established sales, engineering and manufacturing locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

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