AUBURN HILLS, MI, January 5, 2017 — T.I. Automotive, a leading supplier of fluid systems for every major global OE, announced today that Andy Ridgway, formerly North American CEO of global engineering firm IAV, joined the company as Vice President fo the Thermal Management Product Line. Ridgway is a native of Manchester, England where he earned his degree in Production Engineering from Coventry University. After making a brief “go” at playing professional Rugby, Ridgway joined Nissan’s Graduate Training Program where he progressed quickly through the company’s Sunderland Assembly Operations. His Nissan training included two 12 month rotations in Japan where he learned to speak fluent Japanese while working in Nissan’s Technical Center and Murayama Production Plant.
After returning to the U.K., Mr. Ridgway was recruited to General Motors [GM] in Operations in the U.K. which led to his relocation to Russelsheim. His launch and production experience brought him eventually to the United States.
After GM, Ridgway moved to the supply base and joined Guardian Automotive as Vice President of Operations which led to his recruitment to Sarna [Blue Water Automotive Systems] as Chief Operating Officer. As he took on larger P&L roles, he was recruited to Valeo’s North American Engine Cooling Group as Vice President and General Manager – eventually a $900 million SBU. Ridgway’s latest role was as CEO of IAV’s North American Engineering Operations.
Mr. Ridgway brings to the role a global experience base – experience in both the OE and supply communities, strong P&L experience, a consulting mindset to lead and grow a business within T.I., and substantial experience in thermal management to meet the growing demands created by autonomous technology.
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