Robert Willig joins Plasan Carbon Composites as President & CEO

Company plans to continue to supply world-class composite solutions, expand into additional transportation segments.

Robert Willig joins Plasan Carbon Composites as President & CEO
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC), a leading supplier of carbon fiber-reinforced composite components for the transportation market, today announced that Robert “Bob” Willig has joined the company as president and CEO, replacing James Staargaard, who has stepped down but will continue to advise the board on strategic matters. Willig has a proven track record of financial performance, turnaround leadership, lean implementation, and new business development while heading automotive suppliers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His expertise lies in establishing a high level of trust with customers, co-workers, board members, and shareholders while directing high-performing global leadership teams that build powerful plans and actions and deliver robust business results.

“I’m thrilled to join Plasan Carbon Composites at such an exciting time in the industry,” notes Willig.  “Our business will continue to design, develop, and supply world-class composite products that answer our customers’ needs for strong, lightweight solutions. We’ll leverage Plasan’s global process and product capabilities in order to expand into new segments across the transportation industry.  My goal is to continue to build on the work of my predecessor, Jim Staargaard, in leading growth and operational improvements across the business.”

Before joining PCC, Willig was president of GKN Driveline Americas where he led the company to significant and profitable growth across multiple customers and products while driving investment efficiency and operational excellence. During his time at the helm, Willig opened five new facilities in the U.S. and Mexico that supported expansion of the division’s technical capabilities, new product introductions, and optimized the organization’s manufacturing footprint.

Earlier, Willig spent more than three years as president of GKN Sinter Metals Americas where he delivered significant improvements in profit, cash, and overall customer satisfaction while growing the division at more than twice the rate of the market.

Prior to joining GKN, Willig held increasingly senior leadership roles at Tomkins Plc. (Gates Corp.), including president of both the Power Transmission and Automotive operating units.  He also was president of Stackpole Ltd., a North American supplier of powder-metal components and engineered pump assemblies. He has extensive global experience leading teams across multiple cultures, regions, and disciplines, and has served as a director on a number of boards in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and China.

Willig is a current member of SAE International® (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), and is a former member of the Sales & Marketing Executives of Detroit (MSED). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Mich.) and an M.B.A. degree from Wayne State University (Detroit).

Plasan Carbon Composites is the leading supplier of carbon fiber-reinforced composite components to the North American transportation market, supplying the highest-volume carbon composite-intensive passenger cars in the world. PCC is 80% owned by Plasan SASA ― an international leader in ballistic armor and survivability ― and 20% owned by Toray Group/Toray Industries Inc. ― a multinational conglomerate involved in fiber and textiles (including carbon fiber composite materials), plastic & chemicals, information technology (IT)-related products, environment and engineering, life sciences, and other businesses.  

Companies: Plasan Carbon Composites

Countries: China, Japan, South Korea

Terms: Business

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